No matter who ends up hoisting the Stanley Cup, American veterans will win.
Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald have agreed to a friendly bet against Megan Barry, the mayor of Nashville, on the Stanley Cup Final between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins, with each side making a donation to an area veterans organization.
Peduto and Fitzgerald will donate $5,000 to Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, with the backing of the Penguins Foundation. Barry has pledged the same amount to Operation Stand Down Tennessee. The politicians will deliver the money after the Cup Final in the winning team's jersey, and the winning city's representative will also receive a gift basket of items from the losing city.
"Our veterans have sacrificed so much for us, and we look forward to giving back to them after the Stanley Cup Final," Barry said in a statement. "Nashville is new to this level of hockey, but I'm confident [Fitzgerald] and [Peduto] will be wearing navy and gold, not yellow and black, after an exciting series ends in the Predators' first Stanley Cup [championship]."
Barry is riding a two-series winning streak, claiming a gift basket from St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson and bragging rights against Anaheim mayor Tom Tait thanks to the Predators' run to the Cup Final. But Peduto was victorious in a Cup Final wager against Sam Liccardo of San Jose when the Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks in six games last year.
"As we cheer on the Penguins, it's a privilege … to honor the men and women of our armed forces and the fallen heroes of this great nation," Peduto said. "I believe in the black and gold and will take the City of Champions over the Music City any day."
Peduto, Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh got the upper hand after the Penguins defeated the Predators 5-3 in Game 1 on Monday.