The Stanley Cup Makes an Unexpected Visit to Mercury Insurance
The L.A. Kings battled through fierce Western Conference competition in the 2014 NHL playoffs, winning three consecutive 7-game series before making their way to Madison Square Garden in the finals. Defeating the NY Rangers to become the NHL champions, the Kings were allotted 100 days with the Stanley Cup. Since then, the Cup has had its share of travel from Slovenia to Canada to Sweden, among other places.
An unexpected stop for the Cup was Mercury’s office in Brea, Calif. More than 1,000 Mercury employees came to see hockey’s ultimate prize, the Kings’ mascot Bailey and members of the Ice Crew.
“Hugging the Cup has been on my bucket list and now I can finally cross it off,” said Mercury customer service manager Tim Short. “It was a once in a lifetime experience … as if I was on the ice when the Kings won the championship.”
Immediately preceding the Cup’s arrival, a line of Mercury employees stretched around the entire campus, patiently waiting for their moment with the Cup. Cameras began flashing once the trophy arrived. Photos included selfies with the Cup to group pictures with Bailey.
“Everyone from the CEO to the security guard had their picture taken with the Cup,” said Mercury senior human capital business partner Carrie Harrelson. “It was amazing how many people showed up just to have a moment with the trophy.”
First presented in 1893, the Cup is the oldest trophy in North American professional sports, and it’s the only trophy that bears the names of players, coaches, management and staff from the winning teams.