DENVER (KDVR) — A Denver couple got the surprise of a lifetime when the Stanley Cup was mistakenly delivered to their doorstep.
FOX31 obtained a post on Nextdoor from Kit Karbler who said the Stanley Cup was accidentally delivered to his house in the Hilltop neighborhood, meant for Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog.
Karbler said the Stanley Cup keeper knocked on the door and figured out that they were at the wrong address but let him see it, touch it and take pictures of the NHL’s most prized award in his driveway.
“I couldn’t believe it! All my thoughts were wide open because how could that be? Because I knew that we had Avalanche players that lived in the neighborhood but I didn’t know how close and specific and to get the wrong address would be easy for them,” Karbler said.
Karbler and his husband were at their home Tuesday when they noticed a vehicle stopped outside.
“It looks like a contractor or something,” Karbler said. “I didn’t know. And a fella comes to the door. He’s got long, kind of gray hair, parted and he’s very friendly … And he comes right in and they’re looking, the truck is backed up and they’re looking to bring in the trophy.”
They were looking to deliver the Stanley Cup trophy, that is.
“He opened it up all the way, said go ahead. I lifted it up. I couldn’t believe how heavy it was. I ran my fingers over the engraving,” Karbler said.
The one thing he did not do was take a bunch of pictures.
“It happened so fast and they were so nice. I could have taken lots more photos and maybe one with the dog and the Cup. One with me. But I wasn’t thinking that way,” Karbler said.
Because, after all, the special delivery was not meant for him.
“They were looking for Landeskog,” he said.
Apparently, the Landeskog residence has a similar-looking address.
“I couldn’t believe it! All my thoughts were wide open because how could that be? Because I knew that we had Avalanche players that lived in the neighborhood but I didn’t know how close,” Karbler said.
FOX31 interviewed the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Keeper of the Cup, Philip Pritchard Wednesday morning and he confirmed the mix-up.
“We stopped there, we couldn’t really see the number of the house, so I said we’ll just go up and knock, what’s the worst thing, they say, ‘Hi, who are you guys?’ Sure enough, I knock, ‘Hi who are you guys?’” Pritchard said.
The Cup’s path since the Avalanche won it
The Avs beat the Lightning in six games to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 21 years and very quickly dented it after it was in their possession. The team brought it back to Denver on Monday and it was passed around as they deplaned and even got some photo ops with the Denver Fire Department and other employees at the airport.
The Cup will make an appearance before the Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field Wednesday night in a ceremony for the Avalanche players and staff.
The holy grail of hockey will be on display around the streets of downtown Denver on Thursday morning for the official Stanley Cup celebration parade. And the streets of Denver will be painted burgundy and blue for the parade route.