It was one of Boston.com’s best sports photographs of 2010 but for me it is the best.
There is a tradition in North American ice hockey that each member of the championship-winning team gets to have the Stanley Cup to himself for a day during the close-season.
Andrew Ladd (left) chose to spend part of his allotted time on a mountain top, watching the sun come up with the huge trophy at his side. It’s the first photo here and what makes it so special to me is that it contains no agents, pundits, money, drugs, contracts or stupid headlines.
It contains only the essence of what any game is about: the victor and his spoils.
Sure, it’s staged, but that doesn’t detract from its purity. When Andrew Ladd wants to look back in his dotage and be reminded in an instant what his younger life was all about, I suspect that this will be the picture he turns to.
It is magnificent.