Although goaltender Philipp Grubauer is no longer with the Washington Capitals, there is little doubt that they would have made it all the way without him last season. Grubi was finally able to celebrate in a big way at home in Bavaria on Monday, August 13. The Cup arrived at Munich Airport in the early hours of the morning, flying in after several days in Sweden.
He was warmly welcomed in Rosenheim by fans of the Starbulls and Grubauer alike. He looked so humble throughout the momentous event at Mangfall Park. It just made us smile to see him!
It was an unforgettable day for Philipp and Rosenheim. Grubauer is the first German goaltender to win the Stanley Cup. He is the fourth German hockey player to bring home the trophy! Grubi played for the Starbulls when he was 15, launching a mighty career. From there he went on to play for the Ontario Hockey League before joining the Capitals franchise in 2011. And the rest is history. He was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in June 2018.
An estimated 2,400 fans came for their opportunity to see and touch the Stanley Cup. He wore the traditional lederhosen for the occasion and was looking rather dapper in the leather shorts! He told reporters and the crowd that he hoped he was inspiring more German players to pursue ice hockey as a profession and to help build up the sport more in Germany.
The stage was adorned with Grubi jerseys to honor his past. He was awarded with an honorary life-time membership to the Rosenheim Starbulls. The mayor of Grubi’s hometown in Schechen joined the crowd in congratulating him and the Capitals on their grand victory.
As night fell, the evening became one of private celebrating at Giuseppe Cafe- dancing and taking more photos before wishing a sad auf wiedersehen to the Cup. It now heads to Russia for time with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmity Orlov.
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