Matthew Tkachuk goes for a swim in the ocean with the Stanley Cup

Samer Dagher
June 25, 2024  (1:28 PM)

Florida Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk lifting the Stanley Cup in the ocean
Photo credit: NBC Sports

The Florida Panthers are Stanley Cup champions for the first time in franchise history, sparking a wild celebration in South Florida!

As part of the festivities, Matthew Tkachuk and Aaron Ekblad brought the Stanley Cup to Ft. Lauderdale Beach, creating an unforgettable moment for Panthers fans.
🏆JUST NOW! Matthew Tkachuk and Aaron Ekblad bring the Stanley Cup onto Ft Lauderdale Beach and BAPTIZE it in the Ocean!!

These two stars took their celebration to the next level by baptizing the iconic trophy in the Atlantic Ocean, to the sheer delight of fans and beachgoers. This wasn't just a symbolic gesture; it showed the Panthers' deep connection with their community and appreciation for the support throughout their glory season. It hasn't always been easy for the Panthers. A decade ago, Ekblad and other players would go to the mall on off days, offering free tickets to anyone with a state driver's license.
10 years later, these three are all Stanley Cup Champions for the first time on the same team.

The Panthers were once a laughingstock and an afterthought in the Sunshine State. Not anymore.
The Stanley Cup has made it to the Atlantic Ocean 🏆

Also in the celebration video was a championship belt, a new addition by the NHL.
Matthew Tkachuk was nice enough to take off the WWE NHL Title before taking the Stanley Cup for swim in the Atlantic Ocean 😭

If the Panthers win again in the future, ocean baptisms could become a new tradition for them. Regardless, the franchise and fanbase have waited 31 years for this moment. Many of these players have dreamed of winning the Cup since they were toddlers.
«I'm not here to wear flip flops and swim in the ocean I'm here to win.» -Matthew Tkachuk, the newest @FlaPanthers, when I talked to him this morning.

You'll get the whole conversation tomorrow! #FlaPanthers

This dream became a reality in dramatic fashion, with the Panthers winning 2-1 in Game 7 after blowing a 3-0 series lead against the Edmonton Oilers.
Matthew and Keith Tkachuk lifting the Cup at Elbo Room ICONIC 🏆🔥

And the celebration continued as the Cup made its way to the Elbo Room, with Tkachuk and Ekblad even spotted on a golf cart.
The Cup traveled this morning in the official vehicle of Florida the golf cart 😂

(via @v3ktorious)

What a way to celebrate! Congrats, Panthers nation. You deserve it. Now stop reading this and go party!
Source: hockeyfeed
Matthew Tkachuk takes the Stanley Cup for a dip in the Atlantic Ocean
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