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Reirden brings Stanley Cup to Indiana

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Todd Reirden, the new coach of the Washington Capitals, used his day with the Stanley Cup to help give others a chance to play hockey.

Reirden, who was a Capitals assistant to coach Barry Trotz before he was promoted to replace him June 29, on Thursday took the Cup to Crown Point and Valparaiso, Indiana, where he lived for 12 years.

"The real thing I wanted to bring to this area and share is that the people around here were always phenomenal to me," Reirden told "I wanted this to be a way to give back and also build the game of hockey.


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"The game has been so important for me as a young person and learning life lessons of goal setting, teamwork, and overcoming obstacles. Whether it's playing outdoors or somewhere else, I want hockey to be a possibility for young people."

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The website said one of the private events required visitors to donate new or gently used hockey equipment. A crowd estimated at 1,000 attended a public event in Valparaiso, which is about 50 miles southeast of Chicago.

Reirden lived in Valparaiso during the 2000s with his wife Shelby, who is a Valparaiso University graduate, and his son Travis, who was born in Crown Point, the Chicago Tribune said. Reirden was born in Deerfield, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.

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"Well, Coach Reirden is from this area, and his whole idea was to share his love of the sport of hockey," said John Seibert, director of the Valparaiso parks and recreation department. "That's why the Valparaiso High School hockey and junior hockey team players are here.

"He wants to continue to promote ice skating and hockey, something that he benefited from as a young person, and look where he is now. He's wanting to promote that for others as well."

Tweet from @ValpoLife: The @Capitals Head Coach Todd Reirden came back to his roots Thursday and brought with him his triumphant team's Stanley Cup! People from around the Region came to see the Cup and all its glory, an experience they won't forget! @HubCityCP

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