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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 Sunday, 07.21.2013 / 3:44 PM

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

Hawks assistant Kitchen enjoys parade with Cup

Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Kitchen grew up in Newmarket, Ontario, about 30 miles north of Toronto. He even spent close to a decade as an assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs. So it was quite a triumphant return for Kitchen on Sunday when he brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown for an eventful day of giving back to the local community.

The morning started with a parade taking Kitchen and the Cup through the streets of nearby Schomberg. The victory procession delivered Kitchen and the Cup to the Trisan Center, home of the minor hockey organization that the longtime NHL assistant first became involved with as a child.


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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 Friday, 07.19.2013 / 5:24 PM

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

Toews eager for games in hometown Winnipeg

WINNIPEG -- It seemed only fitting that the NHL released its 2013-14 schedule on the same day Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown.

The League's realignment for the upcoming season moves the Winnipeg Jets into the Central Division alongside Toews' Blackhawks. Chicago's Nov. 2 visit to MTS Centre will be Toews' first game in Winnipeg as an NHL player. It's a game he's already looking forward to.

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Posted On Friday, 07.19.2013 / 4:27 PM

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

Jets legend Thomas Steen praises Toews

WINNIPEG -- When Jonathan Toews brought the Stanley Cup to Winnipeg in the summer of 2010, the city renamed the Dakota Community Center in his honor. Friday, when the Chicago Blackhawks captain brought the Cup to the arena that now bears his name, he may have received an even greater honor.

In front of hundreds of locals clamoring for an opportunity to meet Toews and see the Cup, Chicago's star center was introduced by another Winnipeg hockey legend. Longtime Winnipeg Jets star Thomas Steen, who now serves as a city councilor in the area, did not mince words as he welcomed Toews to the stage.

"You are making everybody here proud," Steen told the two-time Cup winner in front of the cheering crowd. "Many young kids come here filled with the same dreams you once had and can sit in the same locker room carrying the same dreams."

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Posted On Friday, 07.19.2013 / 12:42 PM

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

Toews visits community in early portion of Cup day

On the day the city of Winnipeg welcomed back prodigal son Jonathan Toews, the Chicago Blackhawks captain made sure to take time to give back to the city's children.

During his day with the Stanley Cup in Winnipeg, Toews started it with a special appearance with city officials at the local Canadian Tire department store. In a presentation outside the storefront, Toews gave out complementary Blackhawks t-shirts to the children in attendance before answering some questions.

One curious boy got a nice cheer from the partisan crowd after asking Toews which team he would want to play for other than Chicago.

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Posted On Friday, 07.19.2013 / 10:35 AM

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

Toews greets Stanley Cup in Winnipeg

Travelers lucky enough to be passing through the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg on Friday morning were greeted by a surprise. It was there that Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews -- flanked by family, friends and local police -- welcomed the Stanley Cup to the city for Toews' visit with the trophy.

After spending the previous day with Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw in Belleville, Ontario, the Cup made its way to Winnipeg along with the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which Toews was awarded last month as the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Moments after lifting the Cup from its protective case and posing for some photographs, Toews was greeted by a spontaneous eruption of cheers from people throughout the airport. Not a bad start to two days with the trophy.

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Posted On Friday, 07.19.2013 / 9:45 AM

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Stanley Cup arrives with Blackhawks forward Shaw

Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw received a warm welcome when he carried the Stanley Cup into Memorial Arena in Belleville, Ontario, on Thursday during his day with the hockey's biggest prize. It was one highlight of a memorable day for Shaw, who turns 22 Saturday.

Belleville mayor Neil Ellis went as far as to announce to those in attendance that Shaw had put the city "on the map again."

According to The Belleville Intelligencer, Shaw, a native of Belleville, was given a commemorative plaque and an original seat from Memorial Arena.

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Posted On Friday, 07.19.2013 / 9:00 AM

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Minnesota basks in glow of Cup during Leddy visit

The Twin Cities were alive for the two days last week when Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy, a former "Mr. Hockey" in Minnesota, traveled throughout the state to visit during a two-day retreat with the Stanley Cup.

Leddy, according to Dane Mizutani of the Minnesota Daily, began his day with a small reception at his home in Eden Prairie before beginning his tour throughout the Twin Cities.

"We just took some photos and relaxed with it," Leddy told the newspaper. "It was awesome being able to share it with them because I wouldn't be here without their support."

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