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Summer with Stanley

Penguins goalie coach gets picture of Cup, flowers

Mike Bales takes trophy to field of golden canola in Saskatchewan

by Cutler Klein @CutlerKlein / Staff Writer

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltending coach Mike Bales brought the Stanley Cup to his home province of Saskatchewan and got some screensaver-worthy photos with the iconic trophy.

The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, native took a photo with the Cup in a stunning field of golden canola in Saskatoon for part of his day with the Cup.

Tweet from @keeperofthecup: Mike Bales' sea of canola! Not PGH's sea/gold-still cool (Saskatoon, SK) #stanleycup @penguins @NHL @HockeyHallFame

Bales has been the Pittsburgh goaltending coach since the 2013-14 season and has overseen the resurgence of Marc-Andre Fleury and development of Jeff Zatkoff and Matt Murray. Murray backstopped the Penguins to their fourth Stanley Cup championship in franchise history last season. The Penguins ranked sixth in goals against during regular season (2.43 per game) and third in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (2.29).

Penguins forward Chris Kunitz is expected to bring the Cup to Regina, Saskatchewan, on Tuesday. He had the Cup last week in Chicago, showing it off to friends, family and his former college hockey teammates. Defenseman Derrick Pouliot (Wednesday; Weyburn, Saskatchewan), defenseman Justin Schultz (Thursday; West Kelowna, British Columbia) and forward Matt Cullen (Saturday; Fargo, N.D., Moorehead, Minn.) are expected to have their day with the Cup later this week.

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