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Summer With Stanley: OHL grads spend a day with the Cup

 

For the second straight summer, the Pittsburgh Penguins are spending quality time with the Stanley Cup.

The first back-to-back Stanley Cup champion since 1997, eight OHL grads hoisted the trophy following Pittsburgh’s Game 6 road win over the Nashville Predators on June 11th as CHL graduate Sidney Crosby (Rimouski Oceanic) was named MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second straight year.

Here’s a look at how OHL graduates on the Penguins are choosing to spend their day with the Stanley Cup this summer.

 

Matt Murray (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds / Thunder Bay, ON – August 12th)

Back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Matt Murray brought the cup to his hometown of Thunder Bay, celebrating with family, friends and fans at Fort William Gardens. He took a few photos of his own to commemorate his second straight summer with the trophy.

Olli Maatta (London Knights / Jyvaskyla, Finland – July 31st)

A back-to-back champion in his OHL days (2012, 2013), Olli Maatta has done it again, bringing the Stanley Cup back to his hometown of Jyvaskyla in northern Finland for a second straight summer. Maatta celebrated with family and friends at a Lake House and even stepped into the sauna.

 

Tom Kuhnhackl (Windsor Spitfires, Niagara IceDogs / Landshut, Germany – July 30th)

Tom Kuhnhackl brought the Stanley Cup back to Germany, visiting the hometown roots he enjoyed before coming to the OHL with Windsor and Niagara from 2010-12. Kuhnhackl took the cup for a ride around his old neighbourhood and visited young hockey players in his hometown.

 

Ryan Bowness (Brampton Battalion, Oshawa Generals / Halifax, NS – July 24th)

While players make the biggest contribution, Stanley Cup championships aren’t won solely by the guys on the ice. Pittsburgh Penguins pro scout Ryan Bowness, who played in the OHL with Brampton and Oshawa from 2000-04, took the cup to his alma mater at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Upon graduating from the OHL in 2004, Bowness played four seasons with the Huskies, graduating as captain in 2007-08.

 

Trevor Daley (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds / Toronto, ON – July 19th)

Back-to-back Stanley Cup champ Trevor Daley made a visit to his old neighbourhood of Regent Park in Toronto, bringing the trophy for a visit to the Parkview Minor banquet hall in Don Mills for a meet-and-greet with about 1,000 people in attendance. The cup travelled with Daley and his family to a ritzy downtown condo, a hockey camp for young kids and a dinner party. Daley also made a visit to the gravestone of his mother Trudy who passed away just days before he and the Penguins won their first of back-to-back titles in 2016.

 

For a closer look at this summer’s Stanley Cup experiences, visit the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Stanley Cup Journal.

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