The Keeper traveled with the Stanley Cup through Sweden and Germany before a few days with fans in Russia this past week. Click the highlighted links for the full story and pictures of the Stanley Cup Journey!
Making more history, Lars Eller was up first bringing the Stanley Cup to Denmark for the first time. It was a joyful and meaningful visit to hometown Rødovre. Lars and his wife Julie had a full day commemorating his success. Lars met with fans in the town square and then the Rodovre Ice Arena.
Andre Burakovsky showed up for the Eller party, eyeballing the trophy he would soon take to his hometown of Malmö, where Andre grew up. Although he was born in Austria, Sweden is home to the Burakovsky family. He brought the Cup to Limhamn Ice Hall for fans of hockey to see and had that “intimate” party time with local friends and family.
Andre passed the trophy on to Nicklas Backstrom and Christian Djoos, neigbbors in nearby Gavle, Nicky’s home on the Baltic Sea. Teammate Christian Djoos joined him later and the two began their Stanley Cup travels together as hey visited and met fans a the Gavlerinken Arena. Backstrom later toured the neighborhood and went to Nickback Arena, where Backstrom has made a lasting mark on the community in a practical way.
After a sweet goodbye, Nicky relinquished the Cup to the Keeper for a flight into Munich and a drive through Bavaria to Philipp Grubauer. Every player has a way of honoring their heritage and Grubi did that by dressing in the traditional lederhosen as he met with fans at at Mangfall Park in beautiful Rosenheim.
Following its European tour, the Stanley Cup was loaded aboard an outbound flight and into the hands of Evgeny Kuznetsov and his home ground at Traktor Ice Hockey Club in Chelyabinsk, Russia. There was something humbling in the way the normally joking Kuzy hoisted the Cup and met with fans and friends for his big day.
There was a bit of delay getting the Cup to its next destination in Siberia. For some reason Moscow forwarded it to the wrong destination, but have no fear – The Keeper knows how to handle these things. The Cup arrived about six hours late to Gagarin City Park in Novokuznetsk but fans and Dmitry Orlov waited for its glorious arrival. Dima met with fans and celebrities into the evening hours and as the night ended, he celebrated in a big way with his close associates.
The Stanley Cup is now back in Canada and will travel into the United States as the opening of the 2018/19 season gets closer.
Brett Connolly: August 20, Prince George Hockey Club, in British Columbia
Barry Trotz: August 22, Dauphin, Manitoba
Chandler Stephenson: August 24, Humboldt Saskatchewan
Mitch Korn and John Walton: September 5, Oxford, Ohio (University of Maryland)
There may be other unannounced stops along the way and we will do our best to pick them up for you.