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Stanley Cup Journal - Tyler Kennedy

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Tyler Kennedy

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

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The Stanley Cup arrived in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario at 3:45 on the afternoon of Thursday, July 2. There to greet hockey's greatest prize was Tyler Kennedy, the hero of Game 6 when he tallied the game-winning goal. Getting a day with the Stanley Cup was not only a reward for his contributions to the Penguins' championship but was also an early birthday present for the rookie, who turns 23 on July 15.

Kennedy took the Cup to his parents' home, where his Dad, Rob, was in the midst of cutting the lawn. With the arrival of the Stanley Cup, the lawn mower quickly came to a halt and, in fact, the yard wasn't finished until the next day.

The Cup was placed on a table in the garage, where Tyler, girlfriend Kelsey, his Dad, Mom Joanne and his brother Jordan hosted a reception for neighbours and friends. At first, the crowd was sparse, but quickly filled up as word of the Cup's arrival spread like wildfire.

The Kennedys, along with family and close friends, took the Stanley Cup for dinner at North 82, a terrific Sault steak house. Tyler's friends proposed several toasts to Tyler through the meal.

Now, intentions are one thing, but things don't always go as planned. The hope was that Tyler and the Stanley Cup would attend the Canada Day fireworks display, which was originally slated to be held on July 1 but, due to poor weather, was delayed by a day. And, Tyler and his pals intended to pile into a limo bus and get to the park by dusk to share the Penguins' Stanley Cup celebration with Soo residents. Well, things didn't quite turn out that way. Instead, the limo bus arrived as the final 'Ahhhh!' from the fireworks was being uttered. Some people noticed the Cup in their midst and grabbed photos of Kennedy and the Cup, but most people hurried past, clutching kids and blankets, empty coolers and empty potato chip bags, completely oblivious to the Stanley Cup being there.

The gang then took the Cup to Boston Pizza for snacks and beverages, and Tyler and his buddies drank beer from the cherished bowl of Lord Stanley's mug.

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Tyler and the Cup shared a boat ride to the family camp. (Walt Neubrand/HHOF)
Tyler proudly hoisting the Cup in front of fans at the Essar Centre, home of the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. (Walt Neubrand/HHOF)
Tyler brought the Cup to Boston Pizza where he celebrated with family and friends. (Walt Neubrand/HHOF)

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