According to the Stanley Cup Journal, Erik Cole of the Carolina Hurricanes let his children Bella and Landon eat their Applejacks out of the Stanley Cup.
According to the Hall of Fame, Sean O'Donnell of the Anaheim Ducks served his black Labrador Retriever "Buddy" a meal out in the Stanley Cup in 2007.
Reuters reported that his teammate, goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere did the same thing. Not really very original — ABC reported that in 1980, New York Islander Clark Gillies did it too.
According to ABC, in the early 1900s one of the Montreal Wanderers — who also operated a bowling alley — used the Stanley Cup to hold gum and cigars in a trophy case there.
After winning the Stanley Cup in 2008, Tomas Holmstrom of the Detroit Red Wings brought the trophy to his hometown Piteå in Sweden that summer, where it was used in the baptism of his niece... and also as a serving dish for pitepalt, Swedish stuffed potato dumplings.
After winning the Stanley Cup in 2003, New Jersey Devil's goalie Martin Brodeur supposedly took it to the movies so his kids could eat popcorn out of it.
It's commonly accepted on the Interwebs that New York Ranger Ed Olczyk took the Stanley Cup to the Belmont racetrack and let Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin use it as a feed bag. Not so fast reports the Hockey Hall of Fame: "That's not true," Eddie says. "I took the Cup to the Meadowlands one night and to Belmont Park the next day. I saw Go For Gin in the winner's circle, but no horse ate out of the Cup while it was with me."
After 54 years without having won the Stanley Cup and hearing all those "1940" chants, there was some steam to blow off. Thus the crazy stories associated with the 1994 Rangers. Sports Illustrated reported that Brian Noonan and Nick Kypreos brought the Cup on MTV Prime Time Beach House where it was dressed in a T-shirt, baseball cap, and false mustache, then stuffed with raw clams and oysters.
Reuters reported that Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated winning in 2010 by loading the Stanley Cup with greasy chicken wings.
While he didn't specify where, when, how, or who did it, Reuters' Frank Pingue did report that the Stanley Cup had been used as a bowl for "soup made from cows' intestines."
The curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Phil Pritchard, related a bizarre encounter to Reuters of being at a celebrity golf tournament when a woman mistook the Stanley Cup for a coffee urn. A coffee urn?
The three-time Stanley Cup victor and former defenseman for the New Jersey Devils reportedly used the cup as a bowl for his morning cereal. He later appeared in a marketing campaign for ESPN eating breakfast with the Stanley Cup with the tagline, "What will the next winners do?"
The former Carolina Hurricanes center and current assistant coach to the New York Islanders, Doug Weight celebrated his 2006 championship with the Hurricanes by crafting a giant sundae in the Stanley Cup. Weight reportedly filled the cup with gallons of ice cream, chocolate sauce, marshmallows, M&Ms, and chocolate chips. His wife and kids helped him polish off the oversized frozen treat.
The reigning champs, the 2011 Boston Bruins, celebrated their victory with no expenses spared. After winning the championship the team went to the MGM Grand in Mashantucket, Conn., with the Stanley Cup in tow, and proceeded to spend $156,679.74. The initial bar table totaled 56,679.74, before the players decided to top off the night by ordering an $100,000 bottle of Ace of Spades Midas Champagne.
With the New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings currently duking it out for the NHL Championship win, one can only speculate about what the players on the victorious team will do with their Stanley Cup moments.
If the Kings clinch the title, perhaps Jonathan Quick or Dustin Brown will fill the cup with chili and dunk Pink’s Hot Dogs into the meaty bowl. Or they could fill it with dozens of In-N-Out burgers, animal style, of course.
However, if the New Jersey Devils win, Martin Brodeur and his teammates could celebrate their victory by piling the cup to the brim with rounds of Taylor brand pork roll, straight from Trenton; or relish in the sweetness of their win by filling the Stanley Cup with saltwater taffy from Atlantic City.