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Ex-Kings trainer drinks celebratory beer…from 1993 Cup finals appearance

Jun 13, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

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Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press shares the story of former Kings trainer Peter Demers who, after watching L.A. lose the ’93 finals in Montreal, took a keepsake with him — a bottle of Budweiser.

Here’s what transpired…

It then traveled back to an office in the Great Western Forum, made the move to Staples Center along with the Kings in 1999 and eventually found a resting place on top of a tool box in Demers’ garage. And after 19 years, the former Kings head athletic trainer finally found a reason to drink it.

Out of the Stanley Cup, no less.

“The players poured it down the hatch and on my suit while they chanted ‘Pete! Pete! Pete!”’ Demers said Tuesday, a day after the Kings captured their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. “How about that? And that old rotten beer tasted great.”

Demers’ spoiled lager is just one of the really random things to be consumed out of the Stanley Cup.


Martin Brodeur took it to a movie theater and let his kids eat popcorn out of it.

— Brian Noonan and Nick Kypreos stuffed it with raw clams and oysters.

— Doug Weight and his family ate a gigantic ice cream sundae out of it.

Erik Cole let his kids eat Applejacks cereal from the bowl.

(Picture courtesy Frozen Royalty)

  1. quizguy66 - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    After drinking that nearly 20-year old beer, you have to figure Demers must’ve been sporting a “bitter bee face” that would make Sutter proud :)

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    When I hear of folks consuming stuff from the Cup, I’m reminded of the story of, I believe it was one of Red Kelly’s kids filling his/her diaper while being posed for a pic in the Cup. But even that could hardly make ancient Bud taste any worse. Yum.

  3. govtminion - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    It’s Budweiser- how much worse can being 20 years old really make it? It’s terrible to begin with.

    Still, good on him for not dying from drinking that thing!

  4. danphipps01 - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Jesus. Not only was it a twenty-year old beer, it was a twenty-year Budweiser. He’s a braver man than I.

  5. michiganhockey11 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    He’s just glad that it didn’t kill him. I’ve had skunked beer before, but 19 years old? That might as well have been called “liquid death”.

  6. flyguys26 - Jun 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    I wonder what the alcohol percentage was from all the years it had been allowed to ferment?

  7. kcredneck - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Did Avery ever win a cup? If he did who was the lucky guy to get it after him. LOL

  8. blomfeld - Jun 14, 2012 at 1:49 AM


    It’s been a little over 48 hours now since our resounding victory and I’m still regaling in the absolute wonder of it all … our Los Angeles Kings are Stanley Cup Champions ! :) :) :) Right from the start of game one against the Canucks back in April, everything about this enterprise has been nothing but skill, class, determination and aplomb … and in the end, not only do the Kings triumph, but they do it in style ! :) :) :) I’m so happy for our team, not just for what they’ve achieved today, but even more so for what now lies ahead !

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!! … I love you, Blomfeld

    ps: have a great summer everyone :)

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