Andrei Vasilevskiy‘s day with the Stanley Cup was made on the water, in the air and on the road.
The Tampa Bay Lightning goalie hosted an intimate celebration that included his parents, who flew in from Russia, and his agent Dan Milstein, who drove his yacht over from the other side of the state for a party on Tampa’s waterways.
“I’m really happy that (my parents) were able to come over, really happy that they saw me win the Stanley Cup and they finally saw it in person,” Vasilevskiy told the Lightning’s website. “That’s pretty cool.”
Vasilevskiy started the day by taking the Stanley Cup by his favorite local coffee shop, then it was all aboard the yacht, which took Milstein two days to transport from Jupiter, Florida. Some uncooperative weather limited Vasilevskiy’s yacht trip to a smaller area around Tampa Bay.
Once the boat was docked, the small party continued with a catered dinner on board and fans passing by trying to sneak a peek at the storied trophy.
“I was lifting the Cup for them many times,” Vasilevskiy said. “People were in front of the yacht too all the time trying to take pictures. A couple people tried to sneak on the yacht. In a perfect world, I would like to let everybody on the yacht, but unfortunately during Covid we cannot do that.”
Also on board was Vasilevskiy’s new mask that depicts him hosting the Stanley Cup. He won’t be wearing the mask, which was a gift from designer Sylvie Marsolais and Bauer, but says he will find a special place for it in his home.
And even though his day with the Cup was a little more scaled down than he would’ve imagined, he was nonetheless thankful for seeing his name on the trophy and the time spent with his parents, Milstein and MMA fighter Alexander Volkov.
“I will be there forever as a champion,” Vasilevskiy said. “I’m really happy for my parents, for my friends, for all the fans, for my teammates.”