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Stanley Cup Journal - Pre-Season Golf Tournament

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

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
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Fresh off the prestigious White House visit on September 10, the boys returned to Pittsburgh the next day for a day of golfing. The veteran Penguins got the opportunity to relax and catch up on their respective summers, readily trading stories and quips, while newcomers to the team had the chance to meet their new teammates in a casual setting as they lugged their clubs for a day out on the links.

It was a day for the Penguins to play golf with some of their sponsors. And it was the last day for talking of the Stanley Cup before the beginning of training camp on Saturday, September 12. "It's time for us to get to work," stated coach Dan Bylsma.

While the Stanley Cup was transported by golf cart to each hole so that the foursomes could all get their picture with the Penguins' championship trophy, it was kept largely inconspicuous through the course of the day. While he had no concerns about having his picture taken with it, captain Sidney Crosby refused to touch the Stanley Cup, superstitiously fearing that he might jinx NEXT spring's chance of bringing the trophy back to Pittsburgh again.

"Because you win, it doesn't mean your career is over. As a team, it doesn't mean you stop improving. You get better," Crosby told the Associated Press. "It's great to see the hard work pay off, but now you start from scratch and start again."

The golfers used dimpled golfballs that read: Stanley Cup champions, but for Bylsma, he wants the guys to stop focusing on last June's victory and concentrate on the season ahead. "We're going to try to get rid of those reminders and start focusing on putting our names back into the hat of the 30 teams that are vying for a Stanley Cup," he said. "We have to go to work."

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Hockey Hall Of Fame website.

Sergei Gonchar of the Penguins proudly hoisting the Stanley Cup during the team's pre-season golf tournament. (Mike Bolt/HHOF) 
 Penguins GM Ray Shero showing off the Stanley Cup to members of his foursome during the team's golf tournament. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)


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