The winner of the NHL’s Western Conference Finals is awarded the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl. There’s a long standing tradition in which players and teams refuse to touch the trophy because the only trophy a winner touches is the Stanley Cup.
I didn’t touch it. I’m a rookie, I follow what they say. If they tell me to touch it, I’ll touch it. If they tell me not to touch it, I won’t touch it. -Alex Tuch
It’s a supersition that’s been followed for many years, and according to some, has jinxed many a team, but the Golden Knights were not afraid.
After winning Game 5, 2-1, and clinching the Western Conference Championship, Deryk Engelland skated over to the trophy, immedeatley put his fingers on the handle, and eventually lifted it and brought it back to his teammates.
We decided as a group to take it because we went through the experience togehter. (Fleury) has been the backbone to our team, so more or less it came down to what he wanted to do. -Deryk Engelland
Prior to the season the Golden Knights announced they were not going to award any player a “C” on their jersey. Instead, they would have a leadership group, and almost every player over the age of 25 has worn an “A” at some point in time during the season. However, when it came to deciding who would be the one to accept the Campbell Bowl from the deputy commssioner of the NHL, it wasn’t a hard choice.
He’s been the guy all year. We didn’t make a big deal, but we talked about it, just in case if we win today, what to do with the trophy. Our team came together and said, ‘he’s the guy.” It wasn’t a big discussion. -Gerard Gallant
The Golden Knights aren’t a team without their superstitions. Fleury mentioned some of his thoughts surrounding the “shutout jinx,” the team follows the same routine at just about every practice and before every game, and if you get a chance to talk to a player, coach, or even the GM, they’ve all got something.
You wouldn’t understand. I don’t even think I understand. -George McPhee on what he does before/during/after games
Yet here they were on the big stage having just won the first real trophy in franchise history, and they were not to let silly superstition get in the way of a moment they eanred.
We talked about it before. We went against the odds all year. -Jonathan Marchessault
Odds are, it won’t make a difference one way or the other, but it’s definitely nice to see the Vegas Golden Knights jumping on board team #JinxesAreForLosers.