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Kings' Gaborik brings Cup back to Trencin

by Staff

In what is starting to seem like an annual occurrence, the Stanley Cup touched down to spend the day in Trencin, Slovakia on Friday.

With Los Angeles Kings forward Marian Gaborik escorting the Cup around town, it marked the fifth time in seven years that the most storied trophy in sports has visited the western Slovakian city of about 60,000 residents.

The Cup was first brought to Trencin after Tomas Kopecky won it as a member of the Detroit Red Wings in 2008. Kopecky was joined in 2010 by Marian Hossa when they won the Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks. Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara escorted the Cup to the town after winning his championship in 2011.

Hossa made a return trip to Trencin with the Cup in 2013. Each of these NHL stars hail from the city; Friday was Gaborik's first time spending a day with the Cup.

The Stanley Cup touched down in Vienna before taking a helicopter ride to Trencin, where Gaborik accepted it and hoisted it in the air. From there, he placed the Cup in the front seat of a customized BMW convertible and began taking it around town, with stops including the local arena.

Gaborik and the Cup were scheduled to make an appearance live on stage at Pohoda, an open-air music festival. The Cup was scheduled to be carried on stage following the performance by American guitarist Seasick Steve.

"The Stanley Cup has experienced a lot of events in the past, but I don't know if it has ever been at the music festival in front of 30,000 fans," Gaborik told the Slovak agency TASR. "I am glad that this way not only the people of Trencin, but fans from all over Slovakia might have a chance to see the Cup."

The day ended with a private event hosted at Trencin Castle, a landmark dating several centuries. Hossa, Kopecky and Chara visited the castle during their respective days with the Cup.

The Stanley Cup will arrive Saturday in Slovenia, where it will spend the day with Kings center Anze Kopitar.

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