Did you really expect the Blackhawks not to put a baby in the Stanley Cup?

The real prize of hockey is putting your baby in the Stanley Cup.


Rae Votta

Internet Culture

Published Jun 16, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 1:54 pm CDT

With the epic conclusion of the NHL season, the winning team gets to take home a brand new cradle.

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Fans may think they win the coveted Stanley Cup, but Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg knows that trophy is best used as a baby-holder. After their win, he sat his 2-week-old son, Jaxson James, right inside.

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Putting your baby inside the cup is a time-honored tradition. Last year, Los Angeles Kings’ forward Kyle Clifford’s child had the honors. 

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Versteeg wasn’t the only tot in the cup after the Blackhawks’ win, either. Andrew Desjardins’ child also got a turn.

And now we know who the real MVPs are.

Photo via stanleycupyosemite/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) | Remix by Fernando Alfonso III

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*First Published: Jun 16, 2015, 3:36 pm CDT