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Cole holds baby inside Stanley Cup

Penguins defenseman brings trophy back to children's hospital in Michigan hometown

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When a Stanley Cup winner has the trophy for a day, fans often get a close-up view of it. Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ian Cole took it one step further Tuesday, holding a baby in the Cup's bowl at a children's hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

For the second straight year, Cole took the Cup to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in his hometown. Kids there got to see the Cup and have their pictures taken with it, including one baby who went inside the trophy.

Tweet from @ryanzuke: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ian Cole brings the Stanley Cup to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital for the second straight year pic.twitter.com/L9svLpwOEP

Tweet from @BradGalli: .@ICole28 brought the Stanley Cup to @MottChildren's Hospital. He's making friends. pic.twitter.com/yQsEy88xtC

"This year is a little more low-key," Cole told MLive.com. "Last year, we tried to share it as much as possible. This year, we wanted to do the same thing with kids here in the hospital ... the ability to get some excitement out of the kids and get some excitement from those who are treating them is something we take a lot of pride in." 

Then Cole and the Cup were off to Zingerman's Delicatessen, a popular Ann Arbor restaurant, where fans got to have lunch with a side of Stanley. 

Instagram from @zingermansdeli: The Stanley Cup is in the house today! View photo on Instagram

Tweet from @MelanieMaxwell: Pittsburgh's Ian Cole and the Stanley Cup have stopped at Zingerman's for a sandwich this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/ITvaWl3huJ

After having lunch and taking in the sights of Ann Arbor, Cole gave the Cup a shower.

Tweet from @keeperofthecup: Ian Cole is just making sure the #stanleycup is nice and clean prior to his next stop on his tour. @NHL @HockeyHallFame @penguins pic.twitter.com/GVBNgnncKA

Cole, who in 2016 became the first NHL player born, raised and trained in Ann Arbor to win the Cup, received a special delivery at home to start the day.

Tweet from @keeperofthecup: A great "welcome mat" to a #stanleycup champions home. Visiting Ian Cole today in Michigan. @penguins @NHL @HockeyHallFame pic.twitter.com/zyuwXzLkdF

Cole, 28, had nine assists in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games last season for the Penguins. 

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