Following its Eurorussia tour, the Stanley Cup sailed the seas to Canada for a very special time. From British Columbia through Alberta and Manitoba to an emotional stop in Saskatchewan crowds heralded it’s arrival.
Brett Connolly, who was part of the Andre Burakovsky and Lars Eller winning line, welcomed Lord Stanley to the WHL Prince George Cougars in British Columbia. He was at the CN Centre for photos and autographs. As part of the event, he helped raise funds for the Brock Hirsche Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Lethbridge. Hirsche, who died of cancer in April, was a WHL teammate of Connolly’s with the Cougars, according to Prince George Citizen.
A former teacher posted a touching tribute to Connolly:
From British Columbia the Cup made its way to Calgary Alberta and the ever so humble and adored Jay Beagle. He pulled up his big ol’ GMC truck and loaded the shiny trophy into its own seat for the ride into town.
He visited Alberta Children’s Hospital where he brought a few moments of joy and relief to children and parents alike. See the heartwarming post from one mom.
From Alberta Lord Stanley traveled into the waiting arms of the Capitals former coach, Barry Trotz in Dauphin, Manitoba. It was quite the day, captured by daughter Tiana on Instagram.
Barry lifted the Cup at the airport and then it was on to Dauphin for a parade in his honor accomplishments as an NHL coach. They had some fun on that float!
And a few more photos because he was “our” coach and did well by this town. Fans stood in line for hours just to touch the Cup!
Perhaps the most emotional leg of the Stanley Cup’s journey occurred in Saskatchewan. It was here that former Humboldt Broncos Chandler Stephenson shared his day honoring the memories and survivors of that terrible bus accident. We can’t do the full story justice as observers from afar. Click here for the full story.
The Cup will Head back to the USA where we know that Mitch Korn and John Walton will meetup in Oxford, Ohio.
Thrilled to be joining @mitchkorn35 at @miamiuniversity on September 5th with the Stanley Cup. Mitch and I go back a long way, can’t wait to take it back to where it all began for me in Oxford. Hope to see you there! pic.twitter.com/iYNShSpsmW
— John Walton (@WaltonCaps) August 13, 2018