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Kessel eats hot dogs from Stanley Cup

Two-time champion with Penguins enjoys frankfurters from trophy while playing golf

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The only thing better than a hot dog is a hot dog from the Stanley Cup.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, had his day with the trophy Monday and enjoyed a meal of frankfurters while on the golf course in Madison, Wisconsin.

Instagram from @phil_kessel_81_: Hotdogs taste better out of The Cup! #twotime #statestreetbrats

Hot dogs and Kessel became linked after the Toronto Maple Leafs traded him to the Penguins on July 1, 2015, and a Toronto Sun columnist reported Kessel had a penchant for snacking on hot dogs.

Video: Kessel's day with the cup includes a tasty treat

In April, Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin pranked Kessel with a makeshift locker in the team weight room, saying the only thing missing was hot dogs. Kessel leaned into the reference with his second turn with the Cup.

Tweet from @keeperofthecup: Two time #stanleycup champion Phil Kessel drives to the next hole with his silver buddy. @NHL @HockeyHallFame @penguins pic.twitter.com/xA2fKY6YXy

Kessel had 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games, helping the Penguins win the championship for the second straight season.

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