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Why didn’t Zach Parise touch the Prince of Wales trophy?

May 26, 2012, 11:18 AM EDT

Without a doubt, you’ve already seen Zach Parise treat the Prince of Wales trophy as if it was covered with the Plague and not lay his hands upon it. If you’re wondering why Parise decided to have the team gather around it rather than pick it up and ride it around the rink like a pony, the blame doesn’t fall on the captain’s shoulders.

Tom Gulitti hears from Parise what his thought process was on not picking up the trophy and finds out it was more of a quick poll than a long thought out process as to what to do with it.

“I didn’t want to talk about it. I didn’t want to ask anyone about it before the game,” Parise said. “You don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself. I tried to do a quick survey after we won the game, between that and the time that they presented the trophy, asked a couple of guys around. Some guys said, ‘Do what you want’.  Some guys said, ‘No’. I felt the majority said, ‘No, don’t touch it.’ So, I figured not touch it. Let’s just get a picture around it. I mean, I wanted to touch it, but the majority said, ‘No.’ So that’s fine with me.”

The captain sacrificing for the needs of the rest of the team. That’s very hockey-like of Parise to do that. Of course, both teams in the finals avoided touching their conference title trophies so someone will be left wondering “what if” when it comes to their choices… If they’re into that whole superstition thing anyhow.

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  1. hiltonandastoria - May 26, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    It would be more shocking if they actually touched it

    • toewsingkaner - May 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      When Mike Richards of the Flyers touched it a few years back, I was shocked because it was the first time I had seen that. We know what became of them.

  2. Stiller43 - May 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Touching the trophy worked out well for the pens in ’09…and NOT touching it didnt work out so well in ’08 for the pens…

  3. capsrockva - May 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Why the hell another Pens fan is commenting. They were gone in the 1st round.

    • theageofquarrel - May 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      Where are the Craps?
      Oh that’s right,not winning a Stanley Cup……again.
      Just how does that trophy case look? Pretty empty I’m guessing.

    • danphipps01 - May 26, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      Uh… because Crosby touched the trophy the year they won, and didn’t the year they lost. “Because it’s directly relevant” seems like the simplest answer, but I can try to dumb it down further if you’re still confused.

  4. sjsharksfan11 - May 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    It’s ok because Parise and Co. Can touch the Stanley Cup when they win it.

  5. acieu - May 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    One of the dumbest superstitions in sports.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 26, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      If the captain and team are making a statement that “it isn’t the trophy we want, we only want the big silver one, so this is nothing to celebrate” I can see it making some sense. As a superstition, it is, well, like all superstitions, silly. As statesman Sir Francis Bacon said centuries ago, “The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.”

  6. Stiller43 - May 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM


    Remind me again…where are the caps players right now? Same as the pens players? So then youre commenting…why?

  7. unknowneric - May 26, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    “Some guys said, ‘Do what you want’. Some guys said, ‘No’. I felt the majority said, ‘No, don’t touch it.’ So, I figured not touch it. Let’s just get a picture around it. I mean, I wanted to touch it, but the majority said, ‘No.’ So that’s fine with me.”

    Oh, there are just so many things that can be said about the above quote, but none of them on this site. 😀

  8. leafsfaninla - May 26, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Come on NBC, BoB MILLER the voice of the Kings for decades needs to be calling the play by play in the SCF.

  9. groversrovers - May 27, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    If you have ever played ice hockey, you would know (even as a child) that the aura that surrounded the Greatest Trophy on Earth, commanded deep respect, and represented the highest honor any player could achieve. This “superstition” tag is mindless chatter. Hockey’s foundation is Respect. Respect the game and those who laced up before you. That’s why they immortalize your name on the cup. As a product of the USA hockey system, I am proud of Zach and his classy leadership.
    Also, as many times as I have seen the Cup in person, I have never touched it. Grampa always said, “When it ain’t yours, you can look-but can’t touch.”

  10. sbrowncreative - May 28, 2012 at 5:25 AM

    The not touching the cup thing was tough for me. I had the chance to have my picture taken with it and I refused to touch it. The guys from the NHL that were there insisted I touch it. In the end I did. I will never hoist it in victory. Those dreams died with youth. But to feel the names of your heroes on the round metal was amazing. Like being in the “I love this sport more than anything” club. It didn’t feel like a betrayal. It was actually quite moving. Then a friend who knows Chelios real well sent me video of all these little kids touching it and I realized, it is your chance. If you wear skates, don’t touch it. If you love this game to the point where you know two national anthems by heart… Then go ahead. It’s a connection with the stars to the fans that put them into the heavens.

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