The Stanley Cup has received its fair share of dents and dings from some late-night escapades and unfortunate mishaps, but hockey’s most coveted trophy also features a rich history of typos. While every NHL player dreams of having his name etched on Lord Stanley’s Cup one day, most probably don’t dream about having their names butchered, which has happened to about a dozen unfortunate victims throughout the years.
Former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jacques Plante, for example, has a different spelling to commemorate each Cup win, as five versions of his name were etched onto the trophy. More recently, Colorado Avalanche winger Adam Deadmarsh almost was brought to tears — according to “Keeper of the Cup” Phillip Pritchard, per the Wall Street Journal — when he found out his name was spelled “Deadmarch” following Colorado’s 1996 Stanley Cup win.
That’s still not as bad as the Toronto Maple Leafs going down in history as the “Leaes” in 1963 or the Boston Bruins being immortalized as “Bqstqn” in 1972.
Now, the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning will battle for spelling mistakes — er, the Cup — in the Stanley Cup Final. And with players such as Chicago’s Tuevo Teravainen and Niklas Hjalmarsson squaring off against Tampa Bay’s Valtteri Filppula and Vladislav Namestnikov, a botched spelling seems almost inevitable.
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