Friday, July 7, 2023 | 11:31 a.m.
The Golden Knights are officially etched in hockey lore forever.
Vegas unveiled its mark on the Stanley Cup today, highlighting the 52 names of players, coaches and executives that played a part in helping the Golden Knights to their first championship this past season.
Having the new champions’ engraving on the Stanley Cup this early is unprecedented. It doesn’t happen, normally, until the start of the following season, if not later.
The Golden Knights are the first team to have the distinction before they get their days with the Cup. Each notable member of the organization, per tradition, gets to spend a day with the 35-pound silver trophy.
Phillip Pritchard, the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Keeper of the Cup, announced on Monday that the Golden Knights would have their engraving done prior to their days with the Cup.
Most will take the Stanley Cup back to their hometowns or other places of residence. Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy will have his day with the Cup on July 13 in Milton, Massachusetts, to help launch the Cassidy Murray Foundation. It’s in honor of 13-year-old Cassidy Murray, a friend of Bruce Cassidy’s daughter Shannon, who was killed in a boating accident in Aruba.
Of historical note, the Golden Knights are the first team ever to have four goalies engraved on the Stanley Cup — Adin Hill, Laurent Brossoit, Logan Thompson and Jonathan Quick. The 2016 Pittsburgh Penguins and 1997 Detroit Red Wings are the only teams to have three on the trophy.