Which player is expected to win the second Stanley Cup? Team by team breakdown – The Athletic

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As cliché as it may be, one of the reasons hockey fans look forward to the Stanley Cup Playoffs every year is its many traditions – although some of those traditions will be threatened in this highly unusual playoff – from the handshake line at the end of each playoff series to players kissing the Stanley Cup – there’s a tradition hockey fans can always look forward to: guessing who will be handed the Cup immediately after captain of the winning team.

If you’re like me, by the time the Stanley Cup has been awarded you are probably placing your bet out loud on who will get the Cup after the captain takes his knees. In these seconds when the captain’s whirlwind comes to an end, many announcers also wonder aloud who will be the first to win the Cup in some sort of ceremonial transfer.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby didn’t wonder in 2017. He knew he was going to pass the Stanley Cup to…



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