The Pittsburgh Penguins were crowned Stanley Cup Champions for the fourth time in franchise history this season and now it’s time to celebrate!
Each player gets to enjoy a day with the Stanley Cup, with many choosing to celebrate with family, friends and their surrounding hometown community.
Five different OHL graduates and a former coach hockey’s most prized possession this past June, with Trevor Daley (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), Tom Kuhnhackl (Niagara IceDogs), Olli Maatta (London Knights) and Matt Murray (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) all on Pittsburgh’s playoff roster.
Here’s a look at how OHL graduates have enjoyed their time with the Stanley Cup across Ontario this summer.
Olli Maatta (London Knights / Jyvaskyla, Finland – August 18th)
Former two-time OHL champion Olli Maatta has added a Stanley Cup title to his resume, bringing the NHL’s most prized possession home to Jyvaskyla, Finland to visit with children in schools and hospitals.
Tom Kuhnhackl (Windsor Spitfires, Niagara IceDogs / Landshut, Germany – August 17th)
Niagara IceDogs graduate Tom Kuhnhackl brought the Stanley Cup home to Landshut, Germany, visiting with local minor hockey players and celebrating with the community.
Jacques Martin (Peterborough Petes, Guelph Platers / Saint-Pascal, ON – August 8th)
Former Peterborough Petes assistant coach and Guelph Platers head coach Jacques Martin (1983-86), an assistant coach with the Penguins, brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Saint-Pascal, a community just east of Ottawa and south of the Ottawa River.
Rick Tocchet (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds / Scarborough, ON – July 24th)
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds graduate Rick Tocchet (1981-84), an assistant coach with the Penguins, brought the Stanley Cup to Scarborough, visiting with law enforcement and neighbours at the Scarborough Civic Centre.
Trevor Daley (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds / Toronto, ON – July 23rd)
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds graduate Trevor Daley (1999-03) brought the Stanley Cup home to the Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto, surprising kids at a local rink with hockey’s most prized possession.
Matt Murray (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds / Thunder Bay, ON – July 19th)
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds graduate Matt Murray (2010-14) brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Thunder Bay, visiting with minor hockey players before a tour of the scenic sights around the city.
For a closer look at this summer’s Stanley Cup experiences, visit the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Stanley Cup Journal.