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Stanley Cup Journal - Kris Letang and Chris Kunitz

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Kris Letang

Montreal, PQ
Chris Kunitz
Regina, SK


Join hockey's most prized trophy as it parties throughout the summer of 2009. As each member of the Pittsburgh Penguins assumes
possession of the Stanley Cup for one day, get an insider's view through exclusive stories, videos, and photographs via the Hockey Hall of Fame's Stanley Cup chaperone (aka "White Gloves") - no one gets closer! The Stanley Cup Journal is presented by Trib Total Media and content is provided by the Hockey Hall of Fame.



A tale of two Chrises (if you'll excuse the spelling) today in the Stanley Cup Journal.

We'll start with Kris Letang, who enjoyed his day with the Stanley Cup on Wednesday, August 5. Just after 8:00AM, the Cup arrived at his home in Montreal, Quebec. Family pictures were taken with Lord Stanley's silver chalice while Kris's mother had a terrific breakfast of apple and cheese crepes. Kris's Mom and stepfather drank Mimosas (champagne and orange juice) from the Stanley Cup, but Kris refused to take even a sip.

Kris showed a scrapbook that had been made covering his career to date, including the Stanley Cup run. An amusing letter included came from the desk of Jack Lambert, who won four Super Bowls in his 11-season career as middle-linebacker with football's Pittsburgh Steelers. "If you plan on making #58 famous in Pittsburgh, you've got a long way to go," wrote the member of both the 1970s and 1980s All-Decade Teams.

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Another Chris -- Chris Kunitz -- took his turn with the Stanley Cup on Sunday, August 9. Chris and his wife Maureen had two reasons to celebrate. The Stanley Cup was one, but Baby Zachary was born on April 15, 2009 -- the first day of the playoffs. That night, Pittsburgh defeated the cross-state rival Philadelphia Flyers 4-1, and the team presented Kunitz with the game-puck to put away as a cherished souvenir of that special night.

Amidst thunderstorms, the Stanley Cup arrived in Chicago to begin its day with the Kunitzes. Chris's wife is from Chicago (the couple met while attending Ferris State College in Michigan), so the first stage of the celebration took place there. A dinner for friends and family was held at Zella, a wonderful restaurant with high ceilings, exposed brick walls and a fireplace that gives it a cozy feel.

The stay in Chicago was only a few hours. A private plane then flew Chris and some friends to his hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Chris was part of the Anaheim Ducks' championship in 2007, and he brought the Stanley Cup home with him then, too. But there were things he missed the first time that he was determined to do this time. One was to get a picture of the Stanley Cup in front of a grain elevator in a wheatfield. Some pals had already scouted a location, so once the plane had set down, the Stanley Cup was driven immediately to an ideal spot. And the timing was ideal too — with sun just begin to set, nature's lighting made for a great photograph.

To read the rest of this journal please visit the Hockey Hall Of Fame website.

 
Kris Letang shares a moment with his mother, stepfather and the Stanley Cup. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)
 
Kris Letang celebrates with the Cup and young fans at a local park in Ste-Julie, QC. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)
 
 
Chris and his wife Maureen along with baby Zachary sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup in Regina, SK. (Walt Neubrand/HHOF)
 
Chris celebrating with family and friends in Chicago. (Walt Neubrand/HHOF)
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