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Phil Kessel brings Stanley Cup to Toronto

Penguins forward visits children's hospital in city where he played six seasons with Maple Leafs

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / Staff Writer

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel brought the Stanley Cup to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto on Monday. 

Kessel, who survived testicular cancer after being diagnosed in 2006, was involved with the hospital during his six seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2009-15.

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On Sunday, Kessel's first day with the Cup, he brought it around his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, where he celebrated with what appeared to be a life-sized cake and posed for pictures on Kessel Court, a street in Madison.

Tweet from @keeperofthecup: What an awesome #stanleycup cake! Tasted great as well. @penguins @NHL @HockeyHallFame

Tweet from @keeperofthecup: The Kessels stop traffic on Kessel Ct with their new pal #stanleycup @penguins @NHL @HockeyHallFame

His sister Amanda Kessel, a forward for the New York Riveters of the National Women's Hockey League, got a chance to take a drink out of the Stanley Cup and posted a photo to Instagram.

Kessel's former teammate with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf, also posted a photo on Instagram indicating he was flying in for Kessel's day with the Cup in Toronto.

Keesel helped give out ice cream with Sick Kids patients as part of a fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network. On Oct. 22, 2013, Kessel hosted 24 children and their families when the Maple Leafs played the Anaheim Ducks at Air Canada Centre. He scored the third hat trick of his career in a 4-2 win.

Tweet from @MelodyKho: Thank you to amazing @PKessel81 for sending 24 kids from Childhood Cancer Canada to @MapleLeafs game tonight!

Tweet from @Disastromatic: Kessel brought kids with cancer to see the game and they are currently seeing proof that you can beat cancer and live out your dreams.

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