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Streit brings Stanley Cup home to Switzerland

Penguins defenseman is third NHL player born there to win trophy

by Pat Pickens

Mark Streit spent his day with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Bern, Switzerland, becoming the first NHL player in 11 years to bring the trophy to the country.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman's day started with a party in the Swiss capital with a celebratory gathering. About 1,000 people were in attendance, including the city's president, Alec von Graffenried, even though temperatures approached 90 degrees Wednesday.

"It is a great honor for me to be here today," Streit told SDA. "My roots are located in Bern, so for me it was clear from the very beginning that I will spend my day with the Cup in that city."

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Streit closed his day with a private gathering in Bern with the Cup and his family and friends.

Streit was the third Switzerland-born NHL player to win the Cup and the first skater. He was the first player to bring the trophy to Switzerland since Carolina Hurricanes goalie Martin Gerber in 2006. Goalie David Aebischer of the Colorado Avalanche also won the Cup in 2001.

The Cup win was the first for Streit in his 11-season NHL career. He was the second-oldest player on the Penguins, behind 40-year-old Matt Cullen, and had two assists in three Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"It was a long and hard way to bring the Stanley Cup to Switzerland," Streit said. "But this is the reward for an extraordinary season and a long career."

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