One of the greatest rewards for winning the Stanley Cup (besides finally being able to shave the beard) is getting to spend one day with it. It’s one of the best traditions in sports — every member of the team gets a day with the Cup during the summer, and they get to do whatever they want with it. Yes, even nasty stuff.
The first Bruin to get the Cup was winger Nathan Horton, who was knocked out of the series in Game 3. Horton was going to show off the cup at a parade in Dunnville, Ontario, but there was one little problem. The Stanley Cup arrived late.
Turns out the Cup arrived at the airport in Boston at 7:37am for an 8:00am flight, meaning it missed the 30-minute bag check-in cutoff and had to take a later flight. It didn’t arrive until 2:25pm we’re told, well after many fans had already left. Not only that, but Horton was short-changed on his day — he was supposed to have the Cup from 9am-midnight.
As for the rest of the Cup’s schedule, it goes to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Finland before returning to Ontario. Maybe one of the other Bruins will be kind enough to give Horton another shot with it.