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.
"It's so exciting," Toews' mother, Andrea, said. "I wish we could do this every year."
With that, Toews and his entourage started what would be a busy day full of events showcasing the Blackhawks captain and the most iconic trophy in sports.