“I didn’t want to go back to Montreal,” Nikita Kucherov admitted in a now viral and epic rant after winning the Cup “The fans in Montreal, C’mon. They acted like they won the Stanley Cup last game. You kidding me? You kidding me? Their final was last series.”
Kucherov was obviously referencing the Habs Game 4 win. That’s where fans outside the Bell Centre partied in the streets avoiding a sweep.
The leading scorer in the playoffs noted he hadn’t slept in three days prior to lifting the Stanley Cup high over his head. For him, this postgame shirtless celebration rant was an opportunity to let it all out. And he did it while chugging a Bud Light. What came next was pretty unexpected.
Bud Light signs Nikita Kucherov to an endorsement deal
Bud Light took notice when he began his press conference by chugging his beer and then pounding on the table. “Lets Go,” he said, looking very comfortable with his cap on backwards accompanied by a huge smile. That look is now going to make him the face of Bud Light to all NHL fans.
The beer company also released a statement that said:
“Bud Light will ensure Kucherov and his teammates continue having a legendary championship celebration by supplying all of the beer for the team at Champa’s Stanley Cup Parade on Monday.”
“After my Stanley Cup championship press conference, how could Bud Light not sign me onto their team,” Kucherov also said in the same statement. “I am excited to be part of the Bud Light team and can’t wait to celebrate our back-to-back championship with Lightning fans next week with some free Bud Light.”
Kucherov went to bat for Vasilevskiy
Unsolicited and unprompted, Kucherov didn’t hold back his feelings for Conn Smythe winner, Andrei Vasilevskiy.
“Vasy was outstanding,” he said. “I was telling him everyday, ‘Vasy you the MVP’, you’re the best player.”
Kucherov could’ve stopped there, but that’s why this rant was epic.
“They gave – whatever the guy in Vegas, the Vezina. And then last year they gave the Vezina to somebody else,” a perplexed Kucherov explained. “Number one bullshit – Vasy took both Cups – he took MVP – and I keep telling him he’s MVP – he’s the best.”
Obviously, he was alluding to Marc-Andre Fleury who took home the honors this season. However, the shot seems more directed to the GM’s that voted on the award, then it was on Fleury.
Watch the entire interview here: