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TAMPA, FL - JULY 12: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning brings the Stanley Cup up the dock during the boat parade to celebrate the Tampa Bay Lightning winning the Stanley Cup July 12, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

The Stanley Cup gets dented and is headed to Montreal. Yes, we see the irony in this as well.

At some point during the Stanley Cup celebrations in Tampa on Monday (7/12) the Stanley Cup got dented.

The Cup made it through the boat parade without being tossed. However, when the team made their way to Julian B. Lane Park thunderstorms had rolled in. The crowd stayed through the rain and the players emerged with the trophies.

Ultimately, the rest of the festivities that were planned for the location were canceled due to the severe weather.

That’s when there were some rumblings on Twitter that the Stanley Cup may have been dented, and Tampa Bay sports reporter Dan Lucas confirmed via text to anchor Jennifer Leigh on the 7p newscast that the Stanley Cup has been dented.

Joe Smith, a reporter with The Athletic, said via Twitter: “The ⁦@StanleyCup did sustain some damage during today’s festivities. It’ll be sent to Montreal for repairs and be back to resume Cup celebration with ⁦@TBLightning next weekend.”

This is not the first, nor will it be the last time the Stanley Cup has been damaged. Back in 2008 during the Red Wings celebrations, it fell off a table at Chris Chelios’ Chili Bar in Detroit. At least it’s not at the bottom of the Hillsborough River!

Keep your eyes peeled for the Stanley Cup to pop up around Tampa Bay in the next couple of weeks (after it is fixed). You never know where it may show up!

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