Stanley Cup Makes First Trip to Denmark with Lars Eller

On a smoldering hot night in Las Vegas Danish player Lars Fosgaard Eller buried a puck in the net behind Marc-Andre Fleury to make hockey history. Not only did Eller drive home the game winning goal on 7 June 2018 to seal the NHL Championship for the Capitals, he became the first player from Denmark to do so.

Parade Eller

And now he is the first Dane to bring the Stanley Cup home to his motherland. The excitement for this day has been building for two months. “The Tiger” as Eller has become known, first shared the news via twitter:

The Stanley Cup arrived in The Kingdom of Denmark and made its way to Lar’s hometown, Rødovre. Lars and his wife Julie had a full day commemorating his success ahead of them. The Cup was generously filled with Koldskål, a delicious Danish treat of sweet milk and biscuits. As Lars said on his Instrgram post – the start was for his family first!

Into the convertible it went for the “parade” to downtown and then to the skate house. It was great that fans were able to walk right up for autographs!

The fans came by the thousands – one estimate was close to 3,000. They walked, they biked, they set off fireworks, and they cheered as they marched to the town square and the Rodovre Ice Arena.

Lars carried the large gleaming Cup into the town square at Rødovre. There, US Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands joined in on the revelry, adding her congratulations. Also welcoming the star hockey player was the mayor. Anticipating the large crowds, the town put up large projection screens so that no one missed out.

After the very public celebration, Eller went by motorcade to Rødovre Skøjte Arena. The crowd was large and beyond excited. This is where Lars, and now his brother, played with the Mighty Bulls. His is one of the few names of hockey players memorialized for all times on a plaque that adorns the wall.

While there, Eller walked the red carpet with the cup and then spoke to younger players and fans about his success and their potential to follow. The RSIK youth hockey team was  able to ask questions of The Tiger and pose for photos with the Cup.

And of course, time was built in for interviews with the local media before ending the day back celebrating with the closest of family and friends. This time the Cup was filled with rødgrød med fløde – a red berry pudding.

That evening Lars’ friends jubilantly welcomed him to the Dandy Bar in Copenhagen. Friends were invited to take more pictures and have a few drinks with their hometown celebrity!

We say goodbye to Denmark tonight and hello to Sweden on Thursday! Andre Burakovsky couldn’t wait to get his hands on the glowing cup!

Author: Maggie Marcum

Managing Editor for Friends in Cold Places.

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