Mackenzie MacEachern spent the first part of his day with the Stanley Cup bringing smiles to sick children.
The St. Louis Blues forward on Tuesday took the trophy to Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where he put at least one baby in the Cup while posing for pictures.
MacEachern, a Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, native who had three goals and two assists in 29 games with the Blues last season but did not play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, decided to bring the trophy to a children's hospital after teaming up with one while playing for San Antonio of the American Hockey League.
"I started the year in San Antonio, and we kind of had a buddy-buddy program at the children's hospital (there)," MacEachern told MIHockey.com. "It kind of gave me the idea to give back to them. I had a cool experience with it. Just to bring joy to them, and they brought joy to me, and just to bring [the Cup] through here and see the smiles on the kids' faces is pretty cool."
After spending the morning at the hospital, MacEachern brought the trophy to his gym, 2SP Sports Performance in Madison Heights, and a car dealership in Troy before hosting a private party for family and friends at M1 Concourse in Pontiac.
"All my family and friends have supported me the whole time," MacEachern told Detroit's WXYZ-TV Channel 7 . "It's cool to bring it to them and share the experience with them."