South Park

Season 10 Episode 14

Stanley's Cup

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 15, 2006 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Stan becomes coach of a Pee Wee Hockey team and for the benefit of one his players he tries to make them into a team of winners. Meanwhile his father deals with the memory of Stan’s performance in a Pee Wee hockey game from years earlier, when Stan had the opportunity to score the game winning goal.moreless

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  • This was sick

    I normally write lengthy reviews, but for this sick sh*t I'm not going to bother. I love South Park, but this was a disgusting episode and if someone doesn't understand why - congratulations, You're a sick bastard :)
  • Child Abuse

    Frankly this was the must disgusting South park EpisodeI have ever seen. It makes fun of a kid dying with cancer and at the end has adult hockey players beating up 4 year olds to a bloody pulp. I hated Why is this epiosode not banned. I never laughed once and this episode has put me of South park for life :(
  • Insulting and not funny

    That was a load of bullshit. How much bullshit was in this episode?-

    1. Makes Steve Irwin jokes not too long after death

    2. Makes fun of a family of a child who has cancer

    3. In the end, they stupidly put a pee wee hockey team against a big league team, and the kids are bullied and almost killed, and ironically the turnout of the game would predict if the child with cancer lives, but thus the child sees the outcome, and dies.

    This episode was neither funny nor had a dramatic storyline for anything. It was complete cowardly insults that almost made me completely hate south park.moreless
  • I changed my mind.THIS is the worst episode of South Park,not Raisins or Britney's New Look.

    Remember how I said that the ending of You're Getting Old had a cliffhanger like this one?Well,it's what made the episode bad.So Stan gets a job by coaching the Pee-Wee hockey team. Okay,so this is another Stan episode. Now,Stan episodes always involve drama like Raisins. The drama was only good in You're Getting Old,but this one was his worst episode yet. The only good thing about it was the fact that Ike was in it,but that's it. Cartman or Kenny weren't even in the episode,which is a disgrace. Cartman would've made the episode funny by his brattyness and Kenny would've died,but that never happened. Kyle only made a cameo in it,but he was only in one scene. Are Trey and Matt forgetting that Cartman is the best character of the show? He should've appeared in it making fun of Stan or doing his antics. Stan tries to win the game for a boy who has cancer. But the ending was just terrible. At the end,the kids end up getting beat up by the other team,which wasn't funny. I thought that scene was just cruel and painful,especially for the little kids and Ike. And here comes the worst part,the other team won. They didn't get disqualified or got in trouble for child abuse. Also,the little kid dies and the team jumps and the picture stops there and that was it. There wasn't even a part 2 or anything,that was the whole episode. What kind of episode was that?That was a HUGE cliffhanger. Why wasn't there a rematch?Where were Cartman and Kenny?This was another episode Trey Stone and Matt Parker left plot holes with. I mean,it wasn't funny when the kid died,it wasn't funny when the kids got beat up,it wasn't funny when Stan got injured by his bike pedal,none of this episode was funny. It was just a huge letdown for a good show. They better not do an episode like this ever again.moreless
  • People really need to appreciate this episode for what it is, rather than what it isn't.

    First of all, this ISN'T the funniest episode ever. It's not the most tactful, and it's not what we're used to seeing in South Park. All of this DOESN'T mean that it's a bad episode, however. Actually, I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's a GOOD episode worth rewatching.


    Yep, I went there.


    Really, though, I don't know WHY people hate this episode so much. Is it because of the fact that it really ISN'T that funny? (With the exception of the record player, which was freaking hilarious.) Or was it the cancer or the Steve Irwen jokes? I'm guessing it was a little bit of both.


    Ok, so, I'm going to say that the cancer, to me, really didn't seem played off as a joke, so much. It was actually really serious and sad, in my opinion. I felt so bad for Stan, and having to deal with that. It's not something that's easy to deal with, and I think that was portrayed quite well. The child-like innocence of the kids was portrayed well, too. Like Nelson asking Stan to get rid of his cancer (which of course he cannot do) and how the kids on his team fear getting cancer by association (which I did giggle at, because it was so cute).


    However, the Steve Irwen jokes were totally NOT cool. ...Er, so, ok, I did laugh at them because of how campy they were but... you know, that doesn't make them right! But, I found them ok, mainly because of the reaction they got out of Stan. That "WTF?" look. And that's the secret to terribly offensive things: Make one of the characters be like "Dude, that's NOT cool" and it sets everything straight. At least for SOME people, anyway.


    The plot was brilliant. It seemed very much, to me, like "The Losing Edge", except only with Stan or 'coach'. And, in this, they actually WANT to win, and don't get to. That was totally, TOTALLY lame the way this ended, and, honestly, it's just about the only thing that makes me almost dislike this episode. I felt like my heart had been ripped out at the end, especially when the little kid says "I hate you, coach." That was so god damn lame. Stan did NOT deserve to be shoved into this situation, but at the same time, I'm almost GLAD he was.


    I really enjoy Stan episodes, I just realized this while watching. Stan is a great character, especially when things seem to be written out for him and he can't do ANYTHING about it. He seems to end up in this situation a lot, and I always find it enjoyable, since he fights it every step of the way. He just seems like such a normal nine year old boy. HE is what most of us were like as kids, and I think this episode shows that extremely well.


    I also thought the little kids on the Pee Wee Hockey Team were SO cute. They reminded me of the boys when they were kids. Honestly, there was a kid that looked like each of them. Stupidly enough, it really made me curious about what those boys are going to be like when they get older.


    So, I say this is a great episode. And, for some odd reason, I feel the urge to go rewatch it. I have no idea why, I just enjoyed it that much that I want to. This episode is GREATLY under-appreciated, and I think that's a shame.moreless
Trey Parker

Trey Parker

Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Herbert Garrison; Officer Barbrady; Terrance; Timmy; Ned Gerblanski; Satan; Randy Ma

Matt Stone

Matt Stone

Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Gerald Broflovski; Pip Pirrup; Jesus; Jimbo Kearn; Phillip; Saddam; Various Others

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

Lance Ho

Lance Ho


Guest Star

Katharine Howell

Katharine Howell


Guest Star

Timothy Napoli

Timothy Napoli


Guest Star

Dimitri Mendoza

Dimitri Mendoza


Recurring Role

April Stewart

April Stewart


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • When the game ended, the score was 31-2. When you see the scoreboard again, the score was 32-2.

    • Both the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche feature a significant amount of Canadian players on their roster, but all players were drawn in the American style instead of the Canadian "flapping head" style.

    • Since the Avalanche were the home team they should have been wearing maroon and blue jerseys, while the Red Wings should have been wearing white jerseys. Also, most of the fans shown were Red Wings fans even though Avalanche were at home. The fact that Red Wings and Avalanche have one of the NHL's biggest rivalries could've spurred the writers to purposefully write-in this error to aggrivate nitpicking fans of the respective teams.

    • The South Park Gazette has "Established 1997" written on its sign. This is reference to the fact that South Park first aired in the year 1997.

    • This is the only season that Kenny never died, not counting Season 6 because he was only in the last episode "Red Sleigh Down." However, he did die on-line in 'Make Love, Not Warcraft'.

    • The little kid with cancer's hockey jersey number is "13" which can symbolize bad luck.

    • The song that was playing when the Red Wings won was, We Are the Champions by Queen.

    • Season 10 is now the second season to air all of its episodes in production order. The first was season 9.

    • This is the first episode to feature Stan's name in the title.

    • This episode is the last of the 10th season, and marks the third season not to have a Christmas episode. (The others are seasons 5 and 9), and this is the first time a christmas episode has been missed two years in a row.

    • The song playing during the Adams County-South Park game where the teams tie is "Song 2" by Blur.

    • The man who had the record player had the same kind of tone as with the Rob Schneider previews in the episode "The Biggest Douche in the Universe."

  • QUOTES (16)

    • (at Park County hockey rink for the Park County vs. Adams County match)
      Adams County team: (chanting and hitting hockey sticks on ice at ever chant) Win, win, win, win, win, win, win, win, win, win, win, win, win ..
      (Stan pulls Gavin aside, Adams County team still chanting)
      Stan: Coach can I talk to you for a second?
      Gavin: Come to surrender, coach?
      Stan: Look there's a kid on my team whose got cancer, and he wants us to win this game really bad, so could you just…give us kind of a break?
      Gavin: Hah. I don't think so coach! We're going to beat you into the ground, cancer or no..(walks off beginning the chant again with his team) Win, win, win, win…
      Adams County team: (chanting) Win, win, win, win, win, win…

    • (Stan leaving Nelson's hospital room after having a talk to him about his condition)
      Nelson: Will you do me just one favour coach?
      (Stan stops and turns around)
      Nelson: The game tonight, I'm gonna be watching so could you...make it so I don't have cancer?
      Stan: Na...Dude I told you I can't do that.
      Nelson: Well then, would you for me?
      Stan: (looks down) Okay. (walks out of room)

    • (Stan visits the County regarding his towed bike)
      Stan: (entering room) Hi my name is Stan Marsh, I was told to come down here and try to…
      County Official: (interrupts) Yes come in Mr. Marsh, I've been told all about your case. (flicks through Stan's file) Impounded bicycle eighty-three dollars owed to the County. Maybe you should get a job.
      Stan: (annoyed) I've got a job, but without my bike to do my paper route I can't make the money, see?
      (County official reaches down and brings up a turntable
      County Official: (moving needle on turntable, playing up-beat song) Stan Marsh is a bright young man, he's got a great family, a promising paper route, only problem is .. (moves needle off record, music stops) His bikes been impounded.. (moves needle back on record, new up-beat song plays) But now…he's about to find out, that getting his bike back isn't so easy (moves needle off record, music stops)
      (camera cuts back to Stan who is standing there staring at the County official with a confused look)

    • Nelson: Coach, does God hate me?
      Dr. Doctor: Oh hello Coach.
      Stan: Oh hi Doc, how's he doing?
      Dr. Doctor: Well he isn't worse, but he isn't getting better. It's almost as if his cancer were tied.

    • Announcer: Oh, it appears the goalie has pooped his pants.

    • Nelson: I can't play goalie.
      Stan: Why not?!
      Nelson: My doctor says I'm not supposed to.
      Stan: What, you got asthma or something?
      Kid: No, he has cancer.
      Stan: What?
      Kid: Nelson has leukemia. It's already spread to his bone marrow.
      Nelson: I don't wanna have cancer!

    • Park County #6: Coach, please don't let us lose to Adam's County. My daddy will beat me again.

    • Randy: Do you believe it Stan? Pepsi Center… it's the place where it all happened. Same place where you missed that shot all those years ago…
      Stan: Dad, I'm working on my game plan right now.
      Randy: You have to understand why I can't go. I can't sit there in that same crowd and watch you destroy yourself again. Oh… Stan. Of all the places… Why'd it have to be the Pepsi Center? Alright, alright. I'll go. No, no! I want to go. I'm gunna be there for you and I'll be rooting louder than anybody saying 'That's my son!' And just remember Stan. WIN or LOSE… Those are your two options. Win! or lose…

    • Nelson: (Sees the Red Wings win on the TV) No hope…..No hope. (He flat lines)

    • Pee Wee Kid: That other team is gonna kill us!
      Stan: They're not gonna kill us!
      Pee Wee Kid: That's what Steve Irwin said about the stingrays.

    • Randy: Stan! You're mother's been worried sick, and I've been watching TV!

    • Dr. Doctor: Just be aware of this coach. If you lose the big game, that little boy is gonna die faster than Steve Irwin in a tank full of stingrays.

    • Mr. Brown: I don't know what to say to him, Coach. Neither of us do. What do you say to... somebody who's dying, huh?
      Stan: ... I don't know.
      Mr. Brown: Will you talk to him, Coach? He looks up to you.
      Stan: No, I think you oughta.
      Mr. Brown: Nah, I'm just his father. But you're his coach! You're like a father to him.

    • Nelson: Coach, what's it like to die?
      Stan: I don't know.

    • (After getting beat up by a Red Wing.)
      Little Kid: I hate you coach.

    • Pee Wee Kid: (Referring to opponents) They look pretty strong Coach. I think Nelson's going to die for sure.

  • NOTES (2)

    • After receiving some criticism for referring to Steve Irwin's death in "Hell on Earth 2006" they decided to do it two more times in this episode. This episode along with "Hell on Earth 2006" was in the news.

    • Cartman and Kenny do not appear in this episode and Kyle is only in it for a short time.


    • Technics

      Brand of the County Official's turntable is "Ternics", this is an allusion to Technics, a well-known brand of DJ equipment.

    • Gatorade:

      An ad for Lizardade can be seen around the hockey arena. This is a spoof of the popular sports drink, Gatorade.

    • McDonald's:

      The "Gotta Love It" phrase is a take on McDonald's current ad campaign of "I'm loving it" along with the upside-down golden arches which first appeared in Mystery of the Urinal Deuce.

    • The Street Warrior:

      In Stan's room he has a poster of "The Street Warrior" which is a parody of the Mel Gibson movie Mad Max 2, or The Road Warrior. The man in the poster even has a knee brace, and a dog.

    • Man with record player:

      This shtick is a parody of the trailers that are usually produced for movies of the kind that this episode parodies. Also, the man sounds like the man narrating Rob Schneider movie trailers in the South Park episode "The Biggest Douche in the Universe".

    • Denny's:

      "Benny's" restaurant is a reference to the popular restaurant chain, Denny's.

    • In-jokes:

      At the beginning there are three newspapers on Mr. Jarvis' wall. The first one reads "Scuzzlebutt???" from the episode "Volcano". The second one reads "Smug Alert" most likely, and is a reference to "Smug Alert!". Finally, the last one reads "Local Inventor Hits Big" from "The Entity," where Mr. Garrison invents the IT machine.

    • Stanley Cup:

      The episode title is an allusion to the Stanley Cup, the championship trophy of the National Hockey League.

    • The Mighty Ducks:

      This is a parody of the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks, where Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) fails to win in his pee wee hockey game to the champions. His past haunts him when he is forced to later coach the pee wee hockey team "The Mighty Ducks."