Former Capitals assistant coach Lane Lambert, who followed Barry Trotz to the New York Islanders after Trotz resigned as Washington’s head coach less than two weeks after leading the team to its first championship, had his day with the Cup on Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Lambert’s daughter, Taylor, ate Lucky Charms out of the Cup, which also made an appearance at TPC Scottsdale, site of the Phoenix Open. Later that afternoon, friends and family gathered to celebrate Lambert’s marriage to Annie Wixom the previous day during a backyard ceremony in Scottsdale.
Guests of all ages sipped various beverages, including soda, from the Cup, which is practically a required activity for anyone lucky enough to spend a day with the trophy. (Earlier this summer, Capitals video coach Brett Leonhardt turned the Cup into a very large margarita, complete with a salted rim.)
Lambert, 53, played 283 games in the NHL over six seasons. He joined Trotz’s staff as an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators in 2011 and followed Trotz to D.C. after Trotz took the Capitals job in 2014.
Lambert’s first wife of 14 years, Andi Lambert, died on Sept. 16, 2015, after a lengthy battle with a rare form of breast cancer.
On Monday, the Stanley Cup was in Dallas with Capitals massage therapist Cleo Bates. Assistant coach Blaine Forsythe will get his day with the Cup on Wednesday.
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