The Washington Nationals will retire their first Stanley Cup trophy in 2021, but the team has no intention of putting it up for auction.
In an interview with The Washington Post published Wednesday, owner Ted Lerner said the team will honor its 20-year tradition by donating it to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, which is also working to preserve the sport.
“We will donate it to Smithsonian because it’s one of the great institutions of learning and it’s also a place where we can honor our team, the organization, our players and our fans,” Lerner said.
“I think it will be an awesome opportunity for people to be able to say, ‘We’ve seen this trophy in the National Hockey League, and now it’s time to make this the National Trophy.'”
The Washington Nationals have not announced any plans for a museum auction.