Stanley Cup Playoffs: To Touch or Not to Touch the Conference Trophy

May 29th, 2012 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
Superstition runs deep in the sports world; players in all sports have their little quirks, but no sport seems to have as many superstitions and superstitious participants as the NHL.

Players eat the same meal at the same restaurant before every game, they put their equipment on the same way before every game, they talk to their sticks and goalposts, they refuse to skate over the red line or blue line while taking their position before the game.

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. NHL players are a curious lot.

One of the superstitions that is shared by many players and teams is that they do not handle the conference championship trophy when they earn their berth in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The thinking behind this ritual seems to be that while winning the conference is nice, it's not the prize that they're playing for. It means something, but it pales in comparison to that huge silver chalice that awaits the winner of the next series in the playoffs, the Stanley Cup Finals.

This year's Stanley Cup finalists, the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils, have seemingly bought into the belief that the Conference Trophy ...

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