In other years, these images will not be a problem. It’s the people who take turns enjoying the Stanley Cup on Florida Beaches.
But we are in FREAKIN’ PANDEMIC, where numbers are soaring in FL. So, the celebration of victory over the weekend is now a major concern.
The party took place at the famous Don Cesar Hotel in St. Pete Beach (32 miles from Tampa International Airport) where Tampa Bay Lightning works. The coach spent the day with the trophy after the team won the 2020 championship.
Tampa Bay Lightning said the coach who received the trophy that day Jeff Halpern -A former NHL player who spent 14 seasons in the league before joining Lightning as an assistant.
You might think Halpern learned it after the previous backlash. Stanley Cup celebrations in September -When the player handed the trophy to a random fan so everyone could have a drink.
This time… I heard that 44-year-old Halpern hosted a private celebration on the beach with family and friends. Witnesses said there were about 50 people in Bash and at least 3 others drank Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Again, it always happens in non-epidemic years, but as the COVID number increases, passers-by say they are shocked by what they’re seeing. Sterilize cups between drinks.
The FYI, Florida Dept. of Health reported more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday.
So far, the FDH says there have been a total of 885k COVID-19 cases in Florida since the pandemic began and more than 17,000 people have died.
We contacted the team, but so far there has been no official mention of Lightning or the NHL.