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Morehouse returns to his roots with Stanley Cup

by Jeff Carpenter / Pittsburgh Penguins

When tasked with deciding what to do on his day with the Stanley Cup, the decision for David Morehouse was easy.

The Penguins president and CEO returned to his roots, bringing the trophy to Pauline Park, in his native Beechview, Pa., to be on display from 9 a.m. until noon on Monday.

Morehouse arrived to hundreds of Penguins fans waiting in line for an opportunity to take a picture with the Stanley Cup.

"This is where I spent a good deal of my childhood. It's a big part of who I am," Morehouse said.

Morehouse wanted to share the special celebration with the community he grew up in, as it was his third time bringing the Stanley Cup to the park where he played street hockey at as a kid. He was even able to pose for a photo with the men he played hockey with in middle school and high school.

Morehouse, entering his 11th season with the Penguins organization, has placed an emphasis on fan outreach. Engaging the community, he feels, has played a large role in the blossoming of youth hockey, and the sport itself, in the Pittsburgh area.

"We're leading the country in growth, in the mites and squirts age group," Morehouse said. "We've also built 12 dek hockey rinks around the area of Pittsburgh. We've partnered with Highmark, we've partnered with Dick's Sporting Goods with the Learn to Play program.

"Pittsburgh is a great hockey town, it always has been, but now you're seeing more kids playing hockey than ever before, and there's more talent because of it."

After the event, Morehouse took the Stanley Cup to his home before sharing it with his son's hockey team. 

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