Despite the warming weather, it’s still sweater season for millions of hockey fans worldwide until Lord Stanley’s Cup finds a new home this July, slightly later than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And as the quest for the cup enters its final phase, with the 16 teams in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup playoffs whittled down to two finalists, the drama on the ice reaches a boiling point.
Players literally leave blood, sweat, tears and some teeth on the ice while figuratively putting their hearts and souls on the line in an attempt to achieve dreams that took root in boyhood. Fans shell out thousands of dollars on tickets, beer, snacks and apparel. And one artisan engraver prepares to etch 52 new names into immortality.