Who Gets Their Name on the Cup?
Yeah, I’m going to count my chickens before they hatch, you damn right, no disrespect to the Boston Bruins, but this Vancouver Canucks team is looking more and more like a team of destiny. They’ve got the skill, the grit, the drive, and the depth to win it all, and all of the ‘experts’ are predicting a shorter Stanley Cup Final than a six or seven game epic. Fine by me, no matter what someone says, the Vancouver Canucks took the hard road to get here, they beat the Chicago Blackhawks, the Nashville Predators, the San Jose Sharks, and, are now looking to dispatch the Boston Bruins. That’s about as much competition a team can face. If it all comes together, and I think it will, no one will be able to say that Vancouver had a cakewalk of a playoffs.
So, who gets their name on the cup? Well, you have your front office, and coaching staff of course, and then you have your players. Now, when it comes to players, there are requirements. A player has to play at least 41 regular season games, or a single game in the Stanley Cup Final. So, they’ve either got to play half the regular season, or even if they get called up, and they can draw in for a game, boom, name on the cup. Pretty Sweet eh?
There’s only been one guy who tried to bend the rules, Peter Pocklington, owner of the Oilers, when Edmonton won the cup, he had had his dads name put on too. The league, later rectified the cheat, and replaced his name with a series of ‘X’s’. That’s the pic that you see up top.
So, of this Vancouver Canucks team, who has not met the requirements, thus far? Andrew Alberts, despite a pretty rough injury, managed to squeak in 42 games by the way, so he’s good to go.
Sami Salo only played 27 regular season games, but is pretty much guaranteed to play in the finals, so he’ll get on there.
Chris Tanev, Alex Bolduc, Victor Oreskovich, Aaron Volpatti, Guillaume Desbiens, Rick Rypien, Cody Hodgson, Yann Sauve, Mario Bliznak, Ryan Parent, Lee Sweatt, and Sergei Shirokov all played less than 42 games.
Out of that list, Tanev, Bolduc, Oreskovich, and Hodgson have the best chance at playing a single game in the Finals. And, there you have it, the rest of the players on the roster will be on the Cup.
Go Canucks Go!