Hockey Living: Vacationing With The Cup

Marian Gaborik on the beach with Stanley

Marian Gaborik on the beach with Stanley

For the LA Kings, their summer vacation has been dedicated to bringing the Stanley Cup home to worshipped upon and, with that, the Cup has lived its own adventures across Canada, the US and across the Atlantic to Europe.

Hockey players, like most employed persons who work nine months out of the year, cultivate their offseason summer vacation just like us. Here, Bruins Left Wing, Milan Lucic took time out from his lake respite to fight ALS for his buddy Pete Frates in the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Beginning on June 29, Phillip Pritchard, The Keeper of the Cup, has been documenting its travels among the Kings, this summer.

The Cup started with former King Hubie McDonough in Manchester, NH (with parents), onto Kings scouts Denis Fugure in St. Jerome, Quebec and Mike Futa in Rexdale, Ontario. Former King Alyn McCauley posed with the Cup on a dockside in Gananogue, Ontario.

Kings Captain/Right Wing Dustin Brown brought the Cup back home to Rangers country in Ithaca, NY.

Next was Right Wing Tyler Toffoli in Ottawa, ON who ate ice cream out of the Cup.

After a short visit with Goaltender Jonathan Quick in Connecticut, it went across the Atlantic and through Finland with Christian Ruuttu and Sweden with Niklas Andersson, the Cup was given to Right Wing Marion Gaborik who poured champagne in the Cup to share with the crowds Trenchin, Slovakia.

The Slovenian Olympic team got to taste glory when Centerman Anze Kopitar brought the Cup home to Slovenia.

And then sent to Defenseman Slava Voynov in Russia.

Sent back across the Atlantic to third-generation NHL player and Right Wing Justin Williams who posed with the Cup in Atlantic City, then was honored in Ventnor, NJ (where he lives) before returning it to his hometown of Cobourg, ON.

There it was picked up by cutie Left Wing Tanner Pearson in Kitchener, ON, sent to Glen Murray (Kings Development Staff) in Bridgewater, NS to Asst. GM Rob Blake and Nelson Emerson who brought the Cup to a Tim Hortons in Waterford, ON. O Canada.

D-man Drew Doughty and Center Jeff Carter shared the Cup while in London, ON around the time of Carter’s quiet nuptials. Defenseman Jake Muzzin drank champagne with the Cup in Woodstock, ON and Kings scout Brent McEwen brought the Cup to the new rink at Ochapowace Nation in Saskatchewan.

Centerman Mike Richards started out his day with the Cup, not so originally but still hilarious, eating food out of it. Later he took it out on parade and fishing Kenora, Ontario.

Centerman Jarrett Stoll took the Cup to a Saskatoon hospital and posed with it for at golf outing. While Left Wing Dwight King got caught with the Cup in Saskatchewan by a fan.

Centerman Jordan Nolan took the Cup home to surprise his family and posing by a riverfront. He took the Cup out later that night, one onlooker caught Nolan.

Everywhere the LA Kings took the Stanley Cup, the fans loved it and tried to get a piece of its glory for themselves.

Easy there, ladies.

Even late night host, Jimmy Kimmel, drank a margarita out of the Cup.

Going on vacation is always a pleasure. Going on vacation with Stanley – is a dream.

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