BOSTON - Milan Lucic learned something interesting last summer.
The Stanley Cup can stay afloat for seven minutes.
"That's what the keeper of the Cup told me," said the Boston Bruins winger, who, as part of his day with the Stanley Cup in August, took the trophy on a harbour cruise in his native Vancouver.
He was cautioned about having hockey's biggest prize go overboard and potentially adding to the Cup's water-logged history.
The Cup has twice wound up in the swimming pool of Mario Lemieux, the former Pittsburgh Penguins star and now team owner. Legend has it former goaltending great Dominik Hasek was warned about having the Cup wind up in a swimming pool and when it did, the party was over.
Lucic managed to keep the Cup dry during his low-key day in which he had to straddle the line of celebrating his win while not ticking off Vancouver Canucks fans, who, as we saw after the Canucks lost Game 7 of the final, are sore losers.
After posters of him in Vancouver were defaced and fights broke out when he appeared at a Greek festival, Lucic didn't want to do a big public spectacle.
"I didn't want to rub it in. I grew up a Canucks fan. I know how it is," he said.
He finished his day getting his picture taken with the Cup at the top of Grouse Mountain overlooking the city.