Stanley Cup Damaged During Lightning's 2021 Championship Parade, Will Be Repaired

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJuly 12, 2021

TAMPA, FLORIDA - JULY 12: Nikita Kucherov #86 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates during the Stanley Cup victory rally at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park on July 12, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Stanley Cup will require some tender loving care following the Tampa Bay Lightning's championship celebration.

The Athletic's Joe Smith shared a photo of the visibly dented trophy:

Joe Smith @JoeSmithTB

The ⁦<a href="https://twitter.com/StanleyCup?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@StanleyCup</a>⁩ did sustain some damage during today’s festivities. It’ll be sent to Montreal for repairs and be back to resume Cup celebration with ⁦<a href="https://twitter.com/TBLightning?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TBLightning</a>⁩ next weekend <a href="https://t.co/MEbZGZFxSD">pic.twitter.com/MEbZGZFxSD</a>

The circumstances leading up to the Stanley Cup getting a little dinged up are unclear. The Lightning held a boat parade down the Hillsborough River on Monday after beating the Montreal Canadiens to successfully defend their title.

If it could talk, the Stanley Cup would undoubtedly have some great stories to tell. This isn't the first time and it probably won't be the last time the legendary prize has sustained some damage.