Yesterday was Father’s Day, the day we celebrate Dad and his lackadaisical approach to childrearing that let us get away with all that shit Mom would have NEVER let us do. And while most fathers were gifted a day on the links or the opportunity to grill out with a few beers, CBS Sports reports that defenseman Ian Cole from the newly-crowned NHL champion Pittsburgh Penguins gave his dad something truly phenomenal: a coffee served in the Stanley Cup.
Hockey tradition dictates that each player on the team taking home the title gets one day with Lord Stanley’s Cup to do with it as they please. Taking it to a nightclub, going for a swim with it, even baptizing your child in it, all have happened and all are completely acceptable.
But it being Father’s Day, Cole decided to share his hard-earned day with the Cup with the person who got him into hockey into the first place, his father Doug. The Penguins posted a photo to Twitter of Papa Cole enjoying his morning coffee from the 35-pound mug, with a little help from Ian of course.
This has to rank as one of the best Father’s Day gifts of all time. It can be tough being the father of a professional athlete, whose first words on national television are normally, “Hi, Mom!” But one sip from the coveted chalice would definitely make all those hours of driving to and from hockey games and practices worth it. No TV shout out necessary.
Zac Cadwalader is the news editor at Sprudge Media Network.