The Stanley Cup made it to Siberia on Friday and there Dmitry Orlov celebrated his long-awaited championship win with family, fans, and neighbors in Novokuznetsk. It was quite the homecoming for him.
Initially he set aside time from 1 to 4 but the Keeper of the Cup’s arrival was delayed from Moscow because of a mixup about the ultimate destination. Talk about fanfare- the Cup actually arrived by helicopter after they found where it was! It all worked out and eventually Dmitry carried his best buddy onto the stage, in the outskirts of town.
He was introduced to the stage by TV personality and friend, Stanislav Yarushin at Gagarin City Park after a nearly six hour delay. Dima and his wife have profusely apologized many many times, although it was out of their control.
He took a bunch of photos with the fans who waited and waited. One even waited NINE hours for his photo with Dima and Lord Stanley. Another waited eight hours for the three minutes they had to take posed photos. They stayed well into the night to make sure everyone had their moment. As always, we love the one with the next generation of hockey greats!
And the … it was party-time Orlov-Style. Fireworks and all!!!
Including dancing in the pool to a tune all too familiar to us now!
Without a doubt- he had one of the best days of his life shared with some of the most important people in his life.
The Orlov’s even put together a video that captures the best moments.
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Дорогие друзья! Огромное спасибо, что разделили с нами наш праздник! Для нас это значимое и большое событие! Ещё раз приносим искренние извинения за задержку с кубком! И спасибо за понимание, мы старались сделать все максимально быстро! Спасибо за тёплый приём! Нашим родным, друзьям, тренерам, отдельная благодарность! Вы сделали наш праздник, наш день! Мы никогда не забудем этот праздник! P.S. Лена @govor_elena , тебе и твоим родным, отдельная благодарность, если бы не ваша помощь, то не известно когда бы кубок был в Новокузнецке!