Former Flyer Nic Aube-Kubel drops Stanley Cup during on-ice celebrations

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DENVER, CO – JUNE 18: Colorado Avalanche right wing Nicolas Aube-Kubel (16) warms up before game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche , on June 18, 2022, at Ball Arena in Denver, CO. (Photo by Mark Stahl/Icon Sportswire)

Well, if that’s not the perfect end to the season, I don’t know what is. Former Flyers RW Nic Aube-Kubel poetically dropped the Stanley Cup onto the ice less than five minutes after his team clinched it for the third time.

Aube-Kubel isn’t the first player to give the trophy a battle scar and I doubt he’ll be the last. But if there was ever a player to clumsily drop the trophy onto the ice, you could bet your bottom dollar on there being some relation to the Philadelphia Flyers after their trainwreck of a season.

What makes it even funnier is that unlike most domestic trophies, there is only one Stanley Cup. No other iterations are made, there aren’t versions given to teams to keep in cabinets. There’s one Cup. Literally just one. And Aube-Kubel dropped it.

The former Flyers forward ultimately had the last laugh though. After being waived following a disappointing start to his 2021 season, he caught on with the Avs and put up 22 points in 66 games, registering a career-high +/- of 14, oh, and a Stanley Cup.

It’s genuinely great to see NAK thriving in Colorado, but you can’t help but find this moment a little amusing.

Photo Credit: Mark Stahl/Icon Sportswire