Arena Ice From Stanley Cup Finals Scraped to Make Beer For Tampa Bay Lighting Fans

Tampa Bay hockey fans who couldn't celebrate the Lightning winning the Stanley Cup in-person can take their own celebrations a step further. They can drink the very ice that Lightning players skated upon to win the Cup.

A beer sponsor for the Lightning has gone out of its way to scrape ice from Tampa's Amalie Arena to have shipped away and made into beer for commemorative 32-ounce cans. And it's safe to drink, a senior marketing director told Newsweek on Wednesday.

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night to finish the series. The Lightning have now won back-to-back titles, and this was a way to commemorate the championship for fans who couldn't be there in person.

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Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning takes the ice for warmups prior to Game One of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Montreal Canadiens at Amalie Arena on June 28, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Chris Steele, the North American marketing director for Coors Light at Molson Coors, said the Coors Light Champion Ice, which will be distributed in 32-ounce commemorative cans, are the first of its kind.

"Not every dedicated Lightning fan gets to celebrate on the ice with their favorite players, so we wanted to make something special just for them," Steele told Newsweek. "Since we're really good at making ice cold beer, we've been working with our team in Golden, Colorado, to craft the first-ever beer made with the actual ice the finals were played on."

Ice was solely collected from Amalie Arena in Tampa, and it will be transported in stainless steel, vacuum-insulated containers from southwest Florida to Golden, Colorado in order to maintain the "integrity of the ice" with as little melting as possible, Steele said.

How much ice goes into each trophy can?

"A little bit of the blood, sweat and tears hard won on that ice will be in every can – and don't worry, we've purified the ice to meet our brewing standards," said Steele, who said the beers will be safe to drink for those who don't just keep the cans as memorabilia.

It can also be enjoyed in 15 different Tampa drinking establishments beginning July 12.

The Lightning are the first team to win back-to-back Stanley Cup titles since the Pittsburgh Penguins following the 2016 and 2017 seasons. This is also the third title in Lightning history, with the other coming in 2004 with a win over the Calgary Flames in seven games. The Lightning beat the Dallas Stars in 2020 during the pandemic-shortened season.

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The Coors Light Champions Ice beer will be available to Tampa Bay Lightning fans after their Stanley Cup series win over the Montreal Canadiens. Photo courtesy of Molson Coors Beverage Company

Wednesday night's championship came just 12 hours after Tropical Storm Elsa threatened the Tampa-St. Petersburg shores and hit just north of the metropolitan area, battering Tampa with high winds and heavy rains.