July 08, 2008
The Chronicles of Stanley is an occasional series this summer that tracks the Detroit Red Wings as they each get their special alone time with the Stanley Cup. For more about the travels of the Chalice, visit NHL.com's Stanley Cup blog.
Kid Rock seems like a cool dude. Gave the world lyrics like "Buy a yacht with a flag sayin' chillin' the most/Then rock that bitch up and down the coast." Hangs out with John Daly's belly. Occasionally, while golfing, dresses like Danny Wood from the New Kids on the Block.
Both of them are part of "The Malibu Mob" of entertainers and famous faces who live near each other in Southern California and hang out; folks like John McEnroe, Tony Danza, John Cusack, John C. McGinley and surfer Laird Hamilton.
It was in Malibu where Kid Rock had a raucous Fourth of July party in honor of the Red Wings and featuring the Stanley Cup. NY Daily News gossip mavens Rush and Molloy reported today that the party spilled over to Hamilton's beach house, where Rock and friends arrived with "a retinue of leggy, cleavage-bearing, slightly-past-their-prime party favors." Hamilton is married to volleyball queen Gabrielle Reece. She was not amused.
As for the hockey royalty and their Chalice, Rush and Molloy have the details:
We'll tell you who wasn't complaining: Kid's Detroit buddies from the Red Wings, who brought the Stanley Cup with them. Maybe they were distracted by Kid's blond-tourage, or maybe the ice warriors were disoriented by the throbbing sun, but they forgot the Cup out on the beach. At least for a while. "People mistook the trophy for an ashtray," says our source.
Now, this would at first appear to be a desecration, but clearly the model-actresses dropping ash into the Stanley Cup were honoring the legacy of King Clancy, who used the trophy as a cigar ashtray for an entire summer back in 1927. You'll find most "slightly past their prime party favors" prefer the King Clancy Memorial Trophy to all other postseason hardware.
Besides, what's a little ash in the Cup going to do? It's not like they got drunk at a chili bar and then dropped the Stanley Cup, damaging it to the point where a dent needed to be hand-hammered out.
(Incidentally, I asked Steve Yzerman at the NHL Entry Draft about Brett Lebda dropping and denting the Cup during the celebration. "Did any of your teams ever damage the Cup like that during your championship celebrations?" I asked. "Not that I could tell you," was the response. Classic.)