By Justin Aucoin
Professional athletes are a peculiar bunch when it comes to well, everything. From how they put their gear on to what they eat before every game to how many times they wipe their butts after dropping the kids off at the pool theyre probably the biggest superstition believers since the Salem Witch Trials.
And when it comes down to conference trophies the big question is should the players touch the trophy or no?
Ask any fan and were sure 90 of them would scream at you for even suggesting the idea that their favorite team should touch a conference trophy. Youd think the act of touching would spread harmful disease.
Really the fans are just as paranoid and superstitious as players (if not more so) afraid that touching a minor achievement like earning the Prince of Wales trophy might tempt the gods into screwing their favorite team in the finals.
But is there any truth to the myth?
According to NHL.com, not really.
Since 2001 NHL teams that have touched their respective trophy have gone 4-5 in the finals.
A virtual 50-50 shot? So much for getting the hockey gods on your side.
And yet some players will touch the trophy, acknowledging the fruits of their labor.
While others barely want to be seen within the vicinity of it.
Were all for athletes staying focused at the task at hand but stopping off at major landmarks and milestones is a nice way to take a quick breather, realize how far youve come and how close you are to the ultimate goal.
But should fans and players be too paranoid about touch trophies, they should at least hire out Hayden Panettiere to do the trophy fondling for them.