By Alex Raskin Sports News Editor For Dailymail.com and Associated Press
Published: 18:52 BST, 1 October 2020 | Updated: 19:22 BST, 1 October 2020
After protecting themselves from the coronavirus pandemic inside the NHL's two Canadian bubbles over the last few months, the league champion Tampa Bay Lightning ignored social distancing guidelines at their celebratory boat parade on Wednesday by allowing fans to drink beer directly from the Stanley Cup.
'You'll be seeing a lot more of that as the days and weeks go by,' one of the Fox Sports announcers said as the network aired footage of forwards Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov pouring beer into the mouths of maskless fans on Wednesday night.
Players were also seen drinking directly from the Cup, which was customary before the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 200,000 Americans.
A team spokesperson did not immediately respond to the Daily Mail's request for comment.
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Tampa Bay Lightning' Victor Hedman pours a drink from the Stanley Cup into the mouth of Steven Stamkos during the celebratory championship boating parade on Wednesday
The fans also got into the act, removing their masks to take a sip from the Stanley Cup
Members of the Tampa Bay Lightning make their way down the Hillsborough River as they are greeted by fans during Wednesday's boat parade
'The entire @TBLightning team tested positive for COVID after drinking out of the same cup all day,' joked one fan on Twitter.
Another Twitter user called the players' behavior 'selfish and reckless.'
'You may have won the cup, but