Phil Pritchard stumbled into the job of being the Stanley Cup Trophy’s Keeper over 30 years ago. Now, he travels with it as it crisscrosses the globe, hammers out its dents, and–his favorite part of the job–carries it down the red carpet after the Stanley Cup Final is over to present it to its next team.
During his time with the Capitals, Phil didn’t always fade unobtrusively into Stanley’s shadow. Instead, he joined them in the spotlight (and one of their music videos), adding a broad smile and appreciative attitude to their celebrations.
The Stanley Cup is now in Boston and on Wednesday night, Phil and his friend Stan will be walking down another red carpet to hand Stan over to the 2019 Stanley Cup Champions. Before that happens, let’s take a look at the best of Phil Pritchard’s time with the Caps and the Cup.