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Posted On Thursday, 08.22.2013 / 10:53 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Saad first Pittsburgh-born player to take Cup home

Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad spent his day with the Stanley Cup in a place familiar with the trophy: Pittsburgh.

But according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Saad is the first Pittsburgh-born and -trained player to win the Cup, which has been won by the Penguins three times.

"I'd be lying if I said this whole thing wasn't more than a little surreal," Saad said Thursday. "But it's great."

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.20.2013 / 12:12 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Quenneville, Stanley Cup host Whalers reunion

During a party along Lake Michigan with the Stanley Cup on full display, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville hosted some familiar faces. After carrying the Cup around Chicago, including stops at a local post office where he posed for photos, the man known as Coach Q ended the day with a big boat party on Lake Michigan.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville celebrates the Stanley Cup with former Hartford teammates Ron Francis (behind Cup) and Kevin Dineen (far right) (photo courtesy @KeeperoftheCup)

The party gave Quenneville an opportunity to enjoy a small reunion with his former Hartford Whalers teammates. Before embarking on his successful coaching career, Quenneville played seven seasons in Hartford. The club never won the Stanley Cup in Hartford, although the franchise enjoyed its first Cup win in 2006 as the Carolina Hurricanes.

With Quenneville and the Cup playing host Monday night, a number of former Whalers enjoyed a night on the lake. Those in attendance included longtime captain and current Carolina vice president of hockey operations Ron Francis, and Florida Panthers coach Kevin Dineen.

Prior to spending the day with Quenneville, the Cup was in Europe for a couple of weeks before spending this past Sunday with Jay Blunk, the Blackhawks executive vice president.

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.13.2013 / 10:14 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Stanley Cup makes stops in Sweden, Slovakia

The Stanley Cup continued the European part of its summer with stops in Sweden and Slovakia over the past couple of days.

Forward Viktor Stalberg had the trophy in Gotherburg, Sweden on Tuesday after it spent time with forward Marcus Kruger, who celebrated with friends and family at The Soap Bar in Stockholm.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 9:38 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Handzus greeted by 10,000 in Slovakia

An estimated crowd of 10,000 attended a rally Thursday for Michal Handzus when the Chicago Blackhawks forward brought the Stanley Cup to his home country of Slovakia.

Handzus took the trophy to his hometown of Banska Bystrica, where the 36-year-old rode through the streets.

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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 11:14 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Report: Sore foot sidelines Drouin at Canada camp

Jonathan Drouin, selected with the third pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 2013 NHL Draft in June, sat out the second day of the Canadian National Junior Team's summer development camp on Monday in Brossard, Que.

Drouin, according to TSN.com, will be sidelined the next two days of the camp in Quebec with a sore foot. The camp is the first stage to selecting the team that will represent Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5.


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Posted On Saturday, 07.27.2013 / 11:38 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Cup is guest of honor at Blackhawks Convention

On a team consisting of several star players, it was the Stanley Cup that was the guest of honor as the Chicago Blackhawks opened their annual team convention Friday at the Hilton Chicago. To open the three-day event celebrating the team, the Cup was brought out at the convention's opening ceremony, where it received thunderous applause from attendees.

From there, Blackhawks national anthem singer Jim Cornelison sang another thunderous rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as team officials and some military veterans looked on. And with that, the sixth annual Blackhawks convention was underway, this time with a very special guest who had been noticeably absent the previous two years.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.25.2013 / 1:50 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Surprise party caps trainer's day with Cup

So far this summer, Chicago Blackhawks players and staff have hoisted the Stanley Cup all over North America. Wednesday, one of the team's longest-serving employees took the opportunity to bring the Cup back to Chicago.

Blackhawks head athletic trainer and Chicago native Mike Gapski brought the Cup to the suburb of Crestwood, Ill., giving several local fans the chance to see the most iconic trophy in all of sports.

A long day with the Cup started early in the morning at Incarnation Catholic Parish, where Gapski is a parishioner. Gapski, entering his 26th season with the team, brought the Cup to the church when the Blackhawks won it in 2010, and fans started camping outside the building at dawn for a chance to see the trophy this time around. After a morning spent at the church, the scene shifted to a much larger meet-and-greet.

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Posted On Saturday, 07.20.2013 / 9:14 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Toews takes Stanley Cup wakeboarding

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews spent his first day with the Stanley Cup at home in Winnipeg visiting a children's hospital, a community center, a Canadian Tire store, posing for pictures, signing autographs, enjoying a dinner with his family, and hosting a party for 300 friends.

Then he decided to have a little fun.

The man nicknamed "Captain Serious" took the trophy wakebaording in Kenora, Ontario, near the Manitoba border east of Winnipeg. The city is the connection to the Lake of the Woods.

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Posted On Tuesday, 07.16.2013 / 4:09 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Smith takes Stanley Cup back to school

For Ben Smith, his day with the Stanley Cup involved a trip home.

The Chicago Blackhawks forward, who played one game in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, took the Cup to an event at Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., on Tuesday, near where he grew up in Avon.

"It's special for me," Smith told the Hartford Courant. "I grew up here, since I was 3 years old, playing youth hockey here, coming to Westminster. It's just a nicer event for us to be out in the public for a bit and share it with some people that were always there for me growing up and who I learned to play hockey from. I grew so much as a person here at the school, it's just really nice to be able to bring the trophy back."

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Posted On Sunday, 07.14.2013 / 5:03 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Carcillo enjoys another day with Stanley Cup

Daniel Carcillo enjoyed a perfect day with the Stanley Cup on Sunday when he brought the most iconic trophy in sports to his hometown of King City, Ontario, about 25 miles north of Toronto.

The day's festivities started with photos of the Cup resting on the hood of a vintage 1964 Lincoln. From there, Carcillo was scheduled to meet with locals at the King City Community Centre, where area residents could meet the Chicago Blackhawks forward and pose for photographs with the Cup.

It wasn't the first time this summer Carcillo enjoyed a fun moment with the Cup. On June 28, he brought the Cup onstage during a concert featuring the legendary Canadian band Rush at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Ill. Carcillo carried the Cup to each member of the band, who later posed for photographs with the trophy following their performance.

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