Party like a Russian: Washington Capitals’ Kuznetsov eats pelmeni out of Stanley Cup
Newly-crowned Stanley Cup champion Evgeny Kuznetsov, of the Washington Capitals, brought the silver chalice to his home city of Chelyabinsk where he filled the trophy with a traditional Russian cuisine dish – pelmeni.
The Russian-style dumplings were placed in the cup as part of a well-known tradition which sees the NHL champions eating (or drinking) out of the trophy.
“Nothing better than finishing off a night... Russian style. Traditional dumplings from the Stanley Cup,” wrote the Keeper of the Cup, Philip Pritchard, captioning the pictures of Kuznetsov tasting the dish.
Earlier on Wednesday, the trophy was displayed at the Traktor Ice Arena ahead of the local KHL preseason tournament, with fans getting a chance to take pictures with the coveted and probably the most-travelled championship trophy in the world.
Huge crowd inside Traktor Arena and a lot more people to come to take a picture with Kuznetsov and the Stanley Cup or at least take a look pic.twitter.com/SE3MAYZaei— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) 15 августа 2018 г.
In July, Caps captain Alexander Ovechkin was filmed eating black caviar from the bowl during his celebrations in Moscow.