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Stanley Cup not only hardware awarded to Penguins

Pittsburgh receives WWE Championship belt after defeating Sharks for fourth title in franchise history

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup led by the "HBK Line" of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel, and no title involving an HBK would be complete without a championship belt.

WWE took notice of Pittsburgh's win as wrestler Triple H gifted a special championship belt to the Penguins to commemorate the fourth championship in their history.

Tweet from @TripleH: Congratulations to the #StanleyCup Champion @penguins! Can never go wrong w/ an #HBKLine! @NHL #TitleComingYourWay

The Penguins confirmed receipt of the belt Wednesday ahead of their championship parade, then posted a picture of Bonino sporting it at Consol Energy Center.

Tweet from @penguins: Who says the Cup is the only new hardware?

Tweet from @penguins: So much greatness in one photo.

Bonino showcased the belt while riding through Pittsburgh during the parade.

"It's pretty fun to celebrate with [the belt]," Bonino told WPXI. "We all grew up watching the WWE."

Triple H's former wrestling partner Shawn Michaels was known as "The Heartbreak Kid," or "HBK," and he became a Penguins fan after he was told of the line's name during the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Michaels attended Game 5 against the Lightning at Consol Energy Center on May 22 as a guest of the Penguins.

Michaels kept tabs on the Penguins after and posted his congratulations following their Stanley Cup win against the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Cup Final on Sunday.

Tweet from @ShawnMichaels: Congratulations to the @penguins winners of the #StanleyCup !!! Great series, great win! #HBKline #greatfans

The "HBK Line" wreaked havoc on opponents after Hagelin, Bonino and Kessel were put together in late March, combining for 20 goals and 56 points in Pittsburgh's 24-game run to the Stanley Cup.

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