After a week in the Washington DC area the Keeper of the Cup headed west. This past week the Stanley Cup was hoisted by management, supporting staff, and a few players as it toured the mid-western USA to anxiously waiting fans.
But before his Lordship made it to Minneapolis, there was a brief stop on the 20th at the Nickelodeon Kid Choice Sports Awards:
— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) July 21, 2018
First up? On July 21 Lord Stanley was hoisted by Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan on the first leg of the tour in Minneapolis. Mac joined the fire department on their truck for a grand parade before heading to Powderhorn Park. There he spent time with some young hockey players, letting them take pictures and be encouraged. Read more about his day here.
— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) July 23, 2018
Saturday, @BGFalconHockey alumnus and @Capitals GM Brian MacLellan brought the #StanleyCup to Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis, helping the @HerbBrooksFDN share the greatest trophy in sports with youth hockey teams from the city. pic.twitter.com/88d8KMCySC
— WCHA Men's Hockey (@WCHA_MHockey) July 22, 2018
July 22 Matt Niskanen brought Lord Stanley to Virginia, Minnesota where he played hockey as a kid. They even named the day for him at Mt. Iron. They couldn’t wait to see their hometown star! And it was a beautiful day for the visit.
July 23 the Cup was on display in Bird Island, Minnesota at the Broaster Restaurant. Homeboy Jason Serbus, Head trainer to the Caps, shared his time from 1-3. Those wanting to have their photo with the Cup were asked to make a donation to the Tim Orth Memorial Foundation which benefits children facing financial medical needs.
— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) July 25, 2018
July 24 TJ Oshie and his family celebrated with the people he always goes home to be with in his downtime. As to be expected, Lauren took some photos of the day! Thank goodness for the good weather as storms rolled in right behind them. During their visit to Warroad, they was a motorcade from the Warroad airport to the Gardens Arena. At the Arena fans were able to buy Commemorative T-shirts with the proceeds benefiting the Warroad Youth Hockey. Then it was was the town. Tarik El-Bashir wrote a great article about Oshie’s day.
TJ Oshie and Shane Gerish shared celebrating together in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Oshie has been a part of the community for years and both guys also played for UND. Shane just packed up his stuff to make a more permanent move to DC or Pennsylvania this fall. They were joined by Travis Boyd. All three call Minnesota home. And yes there was Cup standing…
— CTV Winnipeg (@ctvwinnipeg) July 28, 2018
July 26 Todd Reirden delivered the Cup home to the Deerfield, Illinois area. Events were planned in Crown Point, Dyer and Valparaiso. Todd had the honor of doing this as the Capa new head coach! See our link here for the full story.
Now we go north to Canada where Madison Bowey will start that tour on Saturday. Plans are underway for other players although not all the details are readily available as of yet.
Madison Bowey (7/28) in Manitoba, Winnipeg at Varsity View Community Centre at the Sportsplex where he played hockey as a kid, from 3 to 5 pm.
Braden Holtby (7/31) in hometown Lashburn 9-12 noon at CN Sportsplex.
Tom Wilson (8/5) Toronto and the NOrth Toronto Hockey Arena.
Devante Smith-Pelly (8/6) brings Stan home to Ontario before the Shiny Dude crosses the ocean back to Europe.