Nyquist drank from Lord Stanley before winning the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
The Stanley Cup paid a visit to Churchill Downs for the race. Nyquist’s human is a huge Detroit Red Wings fan and the 3-year-old colt is named after Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist.
It was only fitting he took a good luck sip.
— TheNyquist (@TheNyquistHorse) May 7, 2016
Paul Reddan, who owns the horse, grew up in Windsor, Ontario. The city is located across the border from Detroit. He’s named a bunch of horses after Red Wings players.
“I’ve had some bums that were named after Wings,” Reddam said. “In 2004, I named a horse Datsyuk, and he was a bum. We’ve had a Zetterberg, a Lidstrom, a Mrazek, a Tatar. We sold Kronwall; he was a bum.”
Nyquist, the hockey player, doesn’t know much about the horse with his name.
“I’m hoping he runs a good run and wins it,” said the Red Wing before the race. “He runs fast, I guess. He wins races. That’s a good thing for a horse.”
Even though they aren’t friends. The NHLer congratulated the colt on his victory.
— Gustav Nyquist (@GNyquist) May 8, 2016
However, Nyquist is friends with Erik Johnson of the Colorado Avalanche, in addition to the Detroit Red Wings.
— Erik Johnson (@6ErikJohnson) May 7, 2016
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) May 8, 2016
In the NHL community, it is tradition to drink alcohol from the cup after winning it. No word on whether or not Nyquist was boozing before the race.