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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.


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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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."

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."

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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