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Chris Kunitz takes Stanley Cup home to Regina

Penguins forward spends second day with trophy with family @NHL

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz spent his second day this summer with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, on Tuesday.

Tweet from @WHLPats: Great crowd at City Square Plaza to welcome Chris Kunitz and the Stanley Cup. Can you find K9? #JoinTheRegiment

"The memories I have of growing up and becoming a hockey player started here," Kunitz told the Regina Leader-Post. "When I was growing up it was always playing in front of the house and [with] my two older brothers at one of the schools playing in the outdoor rinks.

"It's always nice to come back and share it with your family. They're the ones who got up early and took you to the rinks. If your parents couldn't do something, my auntie or uncle picked us up or took us to a tournament out in Pense or wherever it was. There are so many memories of growing up and those are always the ones you cherish."

Kunitz said he made an emotional trip to see his Grandma Minnie.

"My grandma is not doing the best anymore," he said. "She has moved a few times to different locations. We got to take the Cup over to her. All the memories that I have of her [made it special]. To watch her drink some water out of the Cup today is something I don't think I'll ever, ever forget." 

Kunitz held a fundraiser in downtown Regina to benefit the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency's Allan Blair Cancer Centre.

Tweet from @SaskCancer: Thank you Chris Kunitz! >$2500 raised for the Allan Blair Cancer Centre. #givingback #yqr @ReginaDowntown

"You never know when you come back [how people will respond]," Kunitz said. "The trophy is something special and you want to share it with as many people as you can."

Kunitz also brought the Cup to Regina after winning it with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and the Penguins in 2009. He had the Cup in Chicago on Friday.

"To have it for a third time, it has been very special," he said.

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