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Penguins staff member meets alpaca on day with Cup

Director of sports science O'Brien takes trophy to Prince Edward Island @NHLdotcom

Andy O'Brien, the Pittsburgh Penguins director of sports science, gave hockey fans, and one lucky alpaca, a look at the Stanley Cup during his day with the trophy in his home province of Prince Edward Island on Tuesday.

O'Brien and the Cup met the alpaca, Alphie, in Warren Grove.

Tweet from @keeperofthecup: Andy O'Brien introduces Stanley to Alphie the Alpaca. (Warren Grove, PEI) #stanleycup @penguins @NHL @HockeyHallFame

O'Brien's day had started at the beach, where he and the Cup enjoyed a bird's-eye view of the water in Stanhope.

Tweet from @keeperofthecup: Checking out the tide! @penguins conditioning coach Andy O'Brien brings the #stanleycup home to Prince Edward Island. @HockeyHallFame @NHL

During the afternoon, O'Brien had a public event at Bell Aliant Centre in Charlottetown, where fans flooded the athletic complex to get a glimpse of the 125-year-old trophy.

Tweet from @dndtompkins: The crowd awaits the arrival of Lord Stanley @BellAliantCntr complements of @AndrewsHockey1 and Andy O'Brien

O'Brien, the longtime trainer for Penguins center Sidney Crosby, was hired by Pittsburgh in 2015. He has helped the Penguins win the Cup in each of his two seasons with them.

Later he even got to eat some lobster out of the Cup.

Tweet from @keeperofthecup: How could you NOT put a lobster in the #stanleycup in PEI? (Charlottetown, PEI) @penguins @NHL @HockeyHallFame

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