Chances are this happened in a super innocuous way. Maybe someone dropped it during a exchange. Maybe it accidentally got knocked over by a couple of the guys roughhousing. Still, I have hard time not running through a mental laundry list of ludicrous ways the Stanley Cup could have gotten dented by a bunch of drunk ass professional hockey players that were celebrating the achievement of their childhood dream.
That brings me to my next point. I know that this dent was buffed out within 24 hours. No way the keeper of the cup let's that thing go on display in anything less than pristine condition. That said, I kinda wish it wasn't the case. Obviously we can't just let the Stanley Cup get banged and bruised without repair. It have to believe it would take no more than two offseasons before it resembled nothing more than a piece of scrap metal. Still, it would be kind of cool to see the cumulative damage at the end of each summer. Maybe we could just let the dings and dents pile up while it made it's way around the globe with the entirety of the winning team's roster? I think it would add a sort of je ne sais quoa to the whole process. Okay, you got me. I actually have no idea what that means, but I still think it would be pretty awesome to see if a hockey team could go a couple of months without turning the best trophy in all the sports into a glorified, curbside trash can. With the work that NHL players put into winning it - as well as their well publicized...uhh...eccentric (Also see: Alcoholic) personalities - it would be a wonder if it were returned in better condition than Ray Charles rent-a-car.