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Saad first Pittsburgh-born player to take Cup home

Thursday, 08.22.2013 / 10:53 PM

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

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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."

The newspaper said he picked up the trophy at Pittsburgh International Airport then met with family members at his cousin's lake house.

"Took it out on the boat," Saad said. "Had some Wheaties (in the Cup) this morning for the breakfast of champions."

The 20-year-old completed his rookie season with the Blackhawks as a Calder Trophy finalist. He had 27 points (10 goals) in 46 regular-season games, and six points (one goal) in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

He held a three-hour meet-and-greet at the Cider House in Gibsonia, Pa., with more than 100 people in attendance.

"I'm sure his parents had to convince him to have a party," cousin John Humenik said. "He's always been quiet. Really, it's a testament to his family. They have always kept him grounded. I don't think all the fame will ever hurt his character. He's just a good, good kid."

On hand was Brandon's father George, who emigrated to the United States from Syria to attend college.

"God bless America," George Saad told the newspaper. "It's the only place on Earth where you can chase your dreams, and your dreams can come true. And honestly, this whole year has been like a dream. And for Brandon, it came true."

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