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Ron Francis thinks not touching the conference trophies is silly

May 29, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

Ron Francis - Wales Trophy

After seeing the Kings and Devils win their conferences we got to watch both Dustin Brown and Zach Parise act as if the Campbell Bowl and Prince of Wales trophies weren’t even there. Former Hurricanes captain and Stanley Cup winner with the Penguins Ron Francis makes like Jerry Seinfeld and wonders what the deal with that is.

Francis tells Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer grabbing the Wales Trophy never bothered him whether his teams won or lost.

“It’s always to me is mindboggling that two teams refuse to touch that conference championship trophy and every year one of them fails to win the Stanley Cup because of some people being superstitious. In Pittsburgh we grabbed it on the ice, we took it in the locker room, we hugged it.

“You have to work incredibly hard to win that. For me, I don’t know why you don’t enjoy it.”

Francis grabbed the trophy when he led the 2002 Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup finals, but having to face off against a Hall-Of-Famer loaded Red Wings team made him look like a jinx in the end. If Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille weren’t enough to make you look bad there was always Dominik Hasek to turn you away (aside: Jeez that team was ridiculous).

Fortunately for Brown and Parise there’s no team of legends waiting to beat them, but chances are someone’s going to feel bad about not picking up their trophy and celebrating.

  1. paulsdamnblog - May 29, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    I love the surprised look on Brind’amour’s face.

  2. lsxphotog - May 29, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Actually, I believe the superstition is one team touching it and the other not. I read a book, I believe it was called “Raising Stanley” about the Cup. It talked about the odd stat that when one team touches it and the other doesn’t there was a REAL case for it to be a true superstition. Like there was only a few teams to ever win after touching it when their opponent didn’t.

    Also, after talking with several players about it, that’s not the trophy their after. And this superstition has been around for years, just like the beards. It’s why hockey players are weird and awesome at the same time. haha

    • lsxphotog - May 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      In other words, you don’t want to be the team that DOES touch it if the other one doesn’t.

  3. obamablowz - May 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    And I think having a professional hockey team in Carolina is just as silly

  4. hiltonandastoria - May 29, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    The Price of Wales Trophy is awesome, and a great accomplishment, it meant more when the league respected the two conferences more, when the All-Star game wasn’t screwed with to the point that it’s the side-show we have today.
    Even with inter-conference play you had a Wales vs Campbell rivalry that has disappeared.

    Players should grab hold of these trophy’s, they represent their Conference

    • hiltonandastoria - May 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM


  5. cuffhimbanano - May 29, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Hoisting one those trophies means you are going to play for the big one. You cannot win the Cup without first being awarded the Campbell or the Wales. It’s a remarkable accomplishment every year, and should be treated and celebrated as such.

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