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So you’ve clicked on yet another article about the Ice Bucket Challenge. Congratulations? This one’s a bit different, though. Instead of talking so much about who’s taking it to raise awareness for ALS, let’s focus on the vessel from which the ice water floweth.

Look! It’s the Stanley Cup!

L.A. Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford used the sport’s most cherished trophy to draw attention to his challenge and it worked. One can only hope the ice water in it was derived from the rink on which the L.A. Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup.

The other cup in the photo is the Calder Cup, an equally coveted hockey award that also works great as a Ice Bucket Challenge vessel.

And just in case you’re one of the few who can’t get enough of athletes taking the Ice Bucket Challenge, here’s Shaquille O’Neal’s very musical contribution to the meme, as well as Rafael Nadal’s.


Nadal nominated Spanish swimmer Mireia Belmonte, fellow tennis star Carlos Moya and Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, who you’ll recall already took the challenge while simultaneously advertising his $30 luxury underwear line.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.