"We ask them politely not to do it," Philip Pritchard, who maintains the Cup,
told the Washington Post in a story published Tuesday. "We're trying to
preserve the history of the Stanley Cup. We don't want any unnecessary damage
to it or a person, in case they drop the person or he presses too hard or
During a keg stand, the participant typically does a handstand while putting
his or her bodyweight on the keg -- in this case, the Cup -- while drinking as
much as he or she can. Ovechkin was seen on social media doing several as the
Capitals celebrated in early June, and he and goaltender Braden Holtby helped
Jimmy Fallon perform the feat on TV.
Pritchard told the Post a firm decision will be made about outlawing keg
stands on the Cup later this month or early next month.
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"We'll see what happens as we move forward with the Cup," he said. "At the end
of September, the Cup is going in to get engraved and updated and cleaned and
everything, so we'll see how it is because we have to take it apart then and
everything. We'll know probably more then, in early October, once it's back
for the home opener.
"Our biggest thing is respect for it."
--Field Level Media
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