Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl is the third German-born player to win the Stanley Cup, but Tuesday he became the first to bring the trophy to his home country.
Kuhnhackl took the Stanley Cup around Landshut, Germany, including visits to the town hall and a youth hockey program, as well as a public ceremony. Fellow Germans Uwe Krupp (Colorado Avalanche, 1996; Detroit Red Wings, 2002) and Dennis Seidenberg (Boston Bruins, 2011) were previous Stanley Cup champions.
"I knew from the first moment after winning it that I would bring the Stanley Cup to Landshut, where I had my first steps on the ice," Kuhnhackl said. "I come from here and this is my home, so it was my intention to share it with the fans and the people here."
Prior to being picked by the Penguins in the fourth round (No. 110) in the 2010 NHL Draft, Kuhnhackl played for EV Landshut in the lower German leagues, Landshut in the German second division and Augsberg in DEL, the top German professional league.While at the town hall ceremony, his father, Erich Kuhnhackl, who played professional hockey in Germany, said that people used to say Tom was Erich's son. But now that Tom Kuhnhackl is a Stanley Cup champion, they say that Erich is Tom's father.
The day in Germany was the first stop of the Stanley Cup tour's European leg.