As I watched Sidney Crosby kiss the Stanley Cup this evening, if occurred to me that there is no cooler moment in all of sports than that. Every Spring, the captain of the cup winning team hoists the storied trophy over his head in jubilation, then kisses it, goes for a short skate, and passes it to a team mate who does the same, until everyone on the team has had their turn. There is no other trophy, or end of season ritual, that comes close to this. That moment is what every hockey player has worked and suffered for his whole life.
The last time the Colorado Avalanche won the cup, Ray Bourque got to kiss the cup. Real hockey fans here in Colorado will remember that moment forever.