How The Stanley Cup Made My Career

By Nick Neofitidis

The truth is I’m a spoiled brat. Even though MTV News doesn’t pay me like a millionaire (I’m working on that, by the way), the perks that come with the job are pretty insane. I have been to Africa with 50 Cent, have partied with Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, interviewed everyone from Jessica Alba to Micky Rourke and have a photo album on Facebook that garners as much attention as it does haters. But nothing — and I really do mean nothing — compares to the most recent celebrity visit we had on Wednesday (April 14): Lord Stanley’s Cup.

That’s right sports fans! The most coveted trophy in all of sports made its way into the MTV Newsroom for a highly-anticipated visit. I was as giddy as a school boy about the visit and snapped enough photos to fill three albums. We were not allowed to hoist the trophy (that’s reserved for the players, of course), but I pretty much got away with everything else.

Being a diehard New York Rangers fan, I naturally brought my Mark Messier jersey for the photo ops. I took close ups, wides and the classic hugging shot. Then just when you think I couldn’t be more crazy, I went in for the kill and smacked a kiss on that trophy like it was 1994 all over again! I even managed to get a pencil carbon copy of the 1994 Rangers Stanley Cup Championship engraving (which features the names of New York hockey legends like Messier, Mike Richter, Brian Leetch and Adam Graves). Truthfully, there is only one way yesterday could have been sweeter and that would have been if I was able to go home and watch my team in the playoffs. It’s a tortured life being a Rangers fan, but I’m confident that they’ll be bringing the Cup back home sooner rather than later.