ARLINGTON, V.A. — Over the offseason, Washington Capitals forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel wanted something to forever remind him of his Stanley Cup victory with the Colorado Avalanche. So, he headed down to a tattoo shop called “Something Creative Tattoo” in Denver, Colorado, to get the Cup on his knee.
And, when artist Paul Berkey started tattooing, a light bulb went off.
“It kind of happened when he was tattooing,” Aube-Kubel laughed. “He kind of mentioned it and I was like, ‘That’s a good idea.'”
After winning the title in Tampa and finally hoisting the coveted trophy, Aube-Kubel rushed back for the team photo and lost an edge, tripping and falling down hard with the Cup. Once it hit the ice, the bottom base was dented, and Aube-Kubel’s plunder became one of the highlights from the celebration. He still has a good laugh about it, and so do his teammates in D.C.
“It’s a funny, goofy little moment for him for sure,” Anthony Mantha, who also played with Aube-Kubel in the QMJHL for the Val d’Or Foreurs, said of watching his longtime friend wipe out on national television.
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Following his Stanley Cup championship and a career year with the Avalanche, Aube-Kubel inked a one-year, $1 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, after a number of healthy scratches and a lack of opportunity, the Leafs waived him. Washington picked him up off the wire following Beck Malenstyn’s injury so he could help fill in for the team’s several missing forwards up front. With T.J. Oshie back, Aube-Kubel was again a healthy scratch. However, he was interchanging on the fourth line with Aliaksei Protas on Thursday on the fourth line with Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway.
Aube-Kubel and Kuemper received their Stanley Cup rings on Saturday.
Washington returns to action on Black Friday to face off against the Calgary Flames.