Friday, May 27, 2011
Do you believe in jinxes?
By Sarah Goldstein
Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin decided to not touch the Clarence S. Campbell bowl.
In 1993, the Los Angeles Kings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup finals. After the game, they did what some would think is unthinkable: They touched the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl.
Were the Kings jinxed by touching the conference trophy?
"I'm a great believer in a great goaltender and a hot power play overcoming superstitions," said Barry Melrose, the coach of that Los Angeles team and current ESPN analyst.
But would you touch it again if you were in the same position?
"I probably wouldn’t touch it. Act like you've been there before," Melrose said.
Captain Henrik Sedin did not take any chances when the Canucks clinched a berth in the Cup finals. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara did not touch the Prince of Wales Trophy, either.
Since 2001, teams that touched the conference trophy are 4-5 in the Cup finals. Teams that did not touch the trophy are 5-4 in the Cup finals.
Last season, the Chicago Blackhawks did not touch the Campbell bowl and went on to win the Cup.
"It has nothing to do with superstition. It's just not what we're here for," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said after winning the Western Conference finals.
The eventual Cup runner-up Philadelphia Flyers were not spooked by the superstition and touched the Wales trophy.
"It took a lot to get here. It's not the trophy we want, but we haven't done anything conventional all year, especially in the playoffs," Mike Richards said after winning the Eastern Conference finals. "So we'll go against the grain one more time."
What would you do?
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.