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Stanley Cup is delivered to Denver couple by MISTAKE

A couple from Denver experienced the thrill of winning the Stanley Cup this week without all of them having to strap on a pair of skates.

Dmitri Rudenko and his husband, Kit Karbler, were at home in Denver’s upscale Hilltop neighborhood on Monday when they received an unexpected delivery that turned out to be the most famous trophy in the sport.

The Colorado Avalanche won the Cup just a day before by defeating reigning champions Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Finals to take the 2021-22 title. After that, the Avs flew from Tampa to Denver, where the Cup would make its annual journey from one member of the winning team’s home to another.

The Cup was set to take place on Monday with team captain, Gabe Landeskog, who also lives in Hilltop and has a similar address to Rudenko and Karbler.

“They’re just one digit away,” Karbler said NBC affiliate of Denver† “Because of that one number, it was a fluke for us.”

Dmitri Rudenko and his husband, Kit Karbler, were at home in Denver's upscale Hilltop neighborhood on Monday when they received an unexpected delivery that turned out to be the Stanley Cup (pictured)

Dmitri Rudenko and his husband, Kit Karbler, were at home in Denver’s upscale Hilltop neighborhood on Monday when they received an unexpected delivery that turned out to be the Stanley Cup (pictured)

Dmitri Rudenko (right) and his husband, Kit Karbler (left), were stunned when they saw the Cup on Monday

Dmitri Rudenko (right) and his husband, Kit Karbler (left), were stunned when they saw the Cup on Monday

On Monday, the Cup was set to take place with team captain, Gabe Landeskog (pictured), who also happens to live in Hilltop and has a similar address as Rudenko and Karbler

On Monday, the Cup was set to take place with team captain, Gabe Landeskog (pictured), who also happens to live in Hilltop and has a similar address as Rudenko and Karbler

The Stanley Cup — the oldest surviving trophy in North American professional sports named after Lord Stanley of Preston, Canada’s Governor General from 1888 to 1893 — was not delivered by the US Postal Service or UPS.

It was taken to Rudenko and Karbler’s house by the attendants, who had put it in the trunk of their car.

“I was the first to see the car in our driveway,” Rudenko said. “I saw the car back up.”

“The person opens the trunk and I saw the trunk and I recognized it because I saw the finale” [Stanley Cup] games,” he said. Jokingly said, “Is that the Stanley Cup?” And he says, “Yeah!”

The trophy eventually reached Landeskog's home, where the 29-year-old Swedish winger captured images of his two-year-old daughter drinking from the cup

Landeskog's daughter also gave the Cup a hug

The trophy eventually reached Landeskog’s home, where the 29-year-old Swedish winger captured images of his two-year-old daughter drinking from the cup and giving him a hug.

Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates with the Stanley Cup ahead of the game against the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on Thursday

Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates with the Stanley Cup ahead of the game against the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on Thursday

The attendants were extremely friendly, the couple said, letting them hold the most famous hockey artifact, though they didn’t have time for a selfie.

Kabelr admitted to being caught up in the moment.

Defender Erik Johnson has imagined waking up next to the cup, which is the standard treatment for the trophy

Defender Erik Johnson has imagined waking up next to the cup, which is the standard treatment for the trophy

“They were gentlemen, all of them,” Karbler said of the Cup handlers. “They wanted to share the experience of the Cup. I had no idea I would find it so fascinating myself.’

“I was just so happy to have the Stanley Cup in our driveway,” he added.

The Cup attendants then explained that they were looking for Landeskog’s house, which Rudenko and Karbler were helping to find.

“We made sure it arrived safely,” Rudenko laughed.

“And we showed them where to go,” said Karbler. “It made our day, and it’s something we’ll be able to talk and laugh about for a long time to come.”

The trophy eventually reached Landeskog’s home, where the 29-year-old Swedish winger captured images of his two-year-old daughter drinking from the cup and giving him a hug.

Since then, avalanche defender Erik Johnson has imagined waking up next to the cup, which is pretty standard treatment for the trophy.

In the past, other players have washed or used their babies in the cup to drink beer.

Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog holds the Stanley Cup trophy above his head as he and his teammates get off the plane at Signature Flight Support at Denver International Airport

Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog holds the Stanley Cup trophy above his head as he and his teammates get off the plane at Signature Flight Support at Denver International Airport

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