Celebrating the most successful United States Naval Academy Hockey team in Navy history, Discover partnered with the National Hockey League (NHL®) today to surprise members of the Midshipmen with the Stanley Cup ®, the most revered trophy in professional sports. The Midshipmen, who finished this season at 29-7-2 and ranked eighth nationally, were treated to a celebratory reception this afternoon at McMullen Arena in the Brigade Sports Complex. Navy hockey team members, who were holding an informal scrimmage at the arena, were treated to a surprise visit from the Stanley Cup. The surprise did not end there, as players from the Navy Youth Hockey league, along with their families, were invited to the arena to join the celebration where pizza and beverages were served and the Navy youth hockey players had the chance to skate with some of the Midshipmen players. Unbeknownst to them, they too would be getting a visit with the Stanley Cup.
Mike Fox, the head coach of the Midshipmen, helped organize the surprise from the beginning, and could not have been happier to see his team get a chance to spend a day with the most coveted trophy in sports.
“I am so proud of the incredible season these young men had,” said Fox. “For Discover and the NHL to recognize our accomplishment by allowing the team a chance to spend a day with the Stanley Cup, is a perfect ending to the season; especially for some of our players, who will be leaving to serve their country in a few short weeks.”
Navy’s hockey team finished first in their division and made it to the quarterfinals of the American Collegiate Hockey Association National tournament. Two of their players, forward Tom Krysil and goalie Andrew Mills were selected to play in the ACHA All-Star game.“Discover is a proud supporter of our military and is always looking for ways to give back to those who serve our country,” said Matt Towson, senior manager of media relations and community affairs at Discover. “When we learned of the Navy Hockey team’s incredible season, we knew we had to bring the Stanley Cup to Annapolis and are grateful that our relationship with the NHL could help make this happen.”