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Letang takes Stanley Cup to Quebec hospital

Defenseman, who didn't play during postseason, puts smiles on children's faces with visit

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Kris Letang's day with the Stanley Cup continued the trend of sharing the trophy with children in Quebec.

The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman started with what has become a traditional breakfast of cereal from the Cup with his son, Alex, at their home in Montreal.

Instagram from @kletang_58: Instagram: Kris Letang takes Stanley Cup to breakfast

After eating, Letang and his wife, Catherine Laflamme, went to St. Justine Children's Hospital, where the trophy helped make the day of some young boys and girls.

Letang, 30, did not play for the Penguins during their postseason run to the championship last season because of a herniated disk in his neck that required season-ending surgery in April. He had five goals and 29 assists in 41 games during the regular season.

"My health is the least of my concerns," Letang said. "Whatever I have to experience in a hockey rink is nowhere close to what a defenseless 5-year-old child has to endure. These kids are full of courage. It's a pleasure for me to bring them a bit of happiness.

"Seeing as I was less involved in this championship, it's a perfect year to give back as much as I can. I have the opportunity to make a difference and I'm trying to take full advantage of it."

Tweet from @ChuSteJustine: Kris Letang des @penguins a rendu visite aux enfants du #CHUSJ aujourd'hui avec la fameuse #CoupeStanley�� #SundayFunday pic.twitter.com/vtCiPkwzBP

Tweet from @keeperofthecup: Good morning, kids! Kris Letang visits youngsters at a local children's hospital (Montr��al, QC) #stanleycup @penguins @NHL @HockeyHallFame pic.twitter.com/8tXJCMlmjq

Tweet from @feliciaparrillo: Children at the @ChuSteJustine got a special visit today; the #StanleyCup and of course, @penguins Kris Letang. pic.twitter.com/RJpu3qSvCb

Sunday was Letang's third day with the Cup in his 10-season NHL career. Last year, after serving as an integral part for the Penguins' Stanley Cup victory, Letang's day with the trophy included a trip to a rink in the Montreal suburb of Sainte-Julie, Quebec, to share the Cup with youth hockey players.

"This third Stanley Cup is different from the first two," he said. "I'm a bit less emotional because I was less involved. It's thanks to my teammates that I have the chance to enjoy it."

Letang's former teammate, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, had his day with the Cup on Saturday, which included a trip to Ronald McDonald House in Montreal. Fleury was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft on June 21.

"It's hard to keep everyone because of the salary cap," Letang said. "It's inevitable that some guys will have to leave. The beauty of the sport is that there are always young guys trying to push their way in, who want to earn a spot and are hungry to do it."

Letang said he likes the Penguins' chances to win the Cup for a third straight year, something that hasn't been done since the Islanders won the final three of four straight titles from 1981-83.

"Why not go for three in a row? I think we have the team to do it."

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