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Ian Cole brings Stanley Cup home to Michigan

Penguins defenseman takes trophy to children's hospital, Ronald McDonald House @NHL

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ian Cole is spending his day with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Mich., on Friday.

Tweet from @keeperofthecup: A special guest for breakfast with Ian Cole. #stanleycup @penguins @NHL @HockeyHallFame #breakfastofchampions

The first stop on Cole's tour was C. S. Mott Children's Hospital, where he welcomed patients and children to have their picture taken with the Cup.

Tweet from @MottChildren: The Cup is here! @Penguins star and Ann Arbor native @icole28 brought the Stanley Cup to Mott today.

The baby in the Cup was 5-month-old Owen Saba, who spent the previous 40 days at Mott after having open-heart surgery. He was discharged Friday.

Tweet from @cotsonika: Spending the day with Ian Cole and the Stanley Cup in Ann Arbor, Mich. First stop: Mott Children's Hospital.

Cole, who played his college hockey at the University of Notre Dame, then took the Cup to the Ronald McDonald House in Ann Arbor. 

Tweet from @cotsonika: Classy move by a Notre Dame guy. "I feel like I'm in enemy territory," Cole joked.

The Cup next was taken for lunch at BTB Burrito.

Tweet from @cotsonika: Lunch: Big Ten Burrito.

Cole, who scored one goal in 24 Stanley Cup Playoff games for Pittsburgh, will close his day with a public gathering at Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Cole played there for two seasons (2005-07) when USA Hockey's National Team Development Program was based there. 

Tweet from @cotsonika: Now at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube, where Cole played for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.

Tweet from @cotsonika: Cole greeting fans at Ice Cube. After this, a private party at his parents' house.

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