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Bickell gets key to city on day with Stanley Cup

Wednesday, 08.28.2013 / 5:00 PM | NHL.com Staff

Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell received the key to the city of Orono, Ontario, his hometown, during his day with the Stanley Cup on Tuesday.

Bickell brought the Cup to Orono when the Blackhawks previously won the Cup in 2010, but because he figured so prominently in Chicago's 2013 run, this visit was extra special.

Bickell posed for photos in front of his town's welcoming sign, which now lists him as a Stanley Cup champion. He also took the trophy fishing near Peterborough, Ontario.

"Unfortunately, we didn't catch a lot of fish. But this is part one, so we're going to make part two another day," Bickell said. "It's nice to have Stanley out on the boat and be out there with it."

Bickell also brought the Cup to Lakeridge Health Oshawa hospital, where patients were thrilled to have a moment with the trophy.

"We know it's a stressful time for patients when they're in the hospital," said Darrell Sewell, vice president of hospitality for Lakeridge Health. "So Bryan being here today is uplifting, in terms of the spirit of our patients and their families."

It was an eventful day highlighted by a two-hour meet-and-greet at the local arena, where fans lined up hoping to get their picture taken with Bickell and the trophy. It was the start of a busy week for Bickell, who will host his annual charity golf tournament in Orono on Friday.

His day with the Stanley Cup ended with a trip to the local Tim Horton's coffee shop as well as a baseball field, where Bickell reminisced with old friends and took a few cracks at home plate.

"I love baseball in the summer," Bickell told NHL.com. "It was nice to see what I still have."

Bickell, 27, was pivotal in the Blackhawks' postseason run. In 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games, he scored nine goals, the last of which tied Game 6 against the Boston Bruins 2-2, 17 seconds before Dave Bolland scored the Cup-winning goal.

This summer, Bickell signed a four-year contract to remain with the Blackhawks and was married on Aug. 3.

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