In what is starting to seem like an annual occurrence, the Stanley Cup touched down to spend the day in Trencin, Slovakia on Friday.
With Los Angeles Kings forward Marian Gaborik escorting the Cup around town, it marked the fifth time in seven years that the most storied trophy in sports has visited the western Slovakian city of about 60,000 residents.
It didn't take long for Los Angeles Kings European amateur scout Niklas Andersson to get a day with the Stanley Cup. Slightly more than 13 months after being hired by the Kings, Andersson brought the Stanley Cup to Sweden to enjoy his day with the most iconic trophy in sports.
A small town in Connecticut was the place to be Sunday afternoon.
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was back in his hometown of Hamden, Conn., celebrating his second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons. He was met by roughly 2,000 people at Joe Bruno Stadium, where Quick provided fans a chance to see the Cup during a two-hour meet-and-greet session.
Proceeds collected at the event were donated to the education fund for the children of Jason Pagni, a friend of Quick's who died in a car accident in January. Pagni was also a youth coach in the area.
Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown spent much of his childhood at Cass Park Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. He thought the Stanley Cup should spend some time there too.
"I remember being down here at 6 in the morning on Mondays and Wednesdays, from the time I was 7 till about 14," Brown told USA Today. "I made a lot of memories in this building, and I thought this would be a pretty cool place to have it."
Miller agreed to a three-year contract worth a reported $6 million per season on July 1.
"It felt good to be wanted," Miller said. "We sat down and had a chance to talk to them about what they saw moving forward as an organization. Obviously I liked what I heard and I like what I see in the group that they've had there, and a few of the young guys coming up, so it just all kind of fell into place where I think it's the right place to be."
With Los Angeles Kings players and coaches each entitled to a day with the Stanley Cup after winning their second championship in three seasons, certain team staff members will get half a day with the most iconic trophy in sports. That was the case on Monday, when Kings scout Denis Fugere and Hubie McDonough, director of hockey operations for Los Angeles' American Hockey League affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, split the day with the Cup.
The day started with McDonough bringing the Stanley Cup to Manchester, N.H. The morning was highlighted by an appearance with the Cup at nearby Saint Anselm College, where McDonagh starred as a player for four seasons before going on to play 195 NHL games with the Kings, New York Islanders and San Jose Sharks.
Sam Reinhart now owns family bragging rights when it comes to the NHL Draft.
Sam became the third member of the Reinhart family to be taken in the first round of the draft when the Buffalo Sabres selected him with the second choice Friday. That's two picks earlier than older brother Griffin Reinhart was taken by the New York Islanders in 2012 and 10 choices earlier than his dad, Paul Reinhart, was taken by the Atlanta Flames in 1979. Another older brother, Max Reinhart, was the 63rd player taken in 2010 when he went to the Calgary Flames.
Reinhart was one of nine players taken in the first round who had family ties to professional hockey:
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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