This summer, each player on the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins will get one day with the Stanley Cup. Last year, then-Blackhawks forward Andrew Ladd took the Cup to Vancouver, British Columbia. He was flown with the Cup to the top of Crown Mountain in Vancouver to watch the sun come up. The schedule for Cup’s various trips with Bruins players has been released. The Cup’s itinerary features some intriguing spots, including a return trip to Vancouver.
Bruins forward Milan Lucic will bring the Cup back to his hometown of Vancouver, just like Ladd did. Sounds nice, right? But Lucic’s Bruins had to defeat Vancouver’s beloved Canucks to win the Cup in a heated seven-game series that ended in Vancouver with a Bruins triumph. After the game, Canucks fans rioted in the streets for hours. Surely, there will be extra security wherever Lucic brings the Cup to assure that there are no issues. Lucic played junior hockey for the Vancouver Giants, and is well-liked in the city for his time there. It should be a very fun day for him.
Nathan Horton will not bring the Cup to his hometown of Welland, Ontario. Teammate and fellow Welland native Daniel Paille will bring it there. Instead, Horton will bring it to the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area, where he played for the Florida Panthers for six seasons. The Panthers never made it to the playoffs in Horton’s time there, and struggled to draw fans. Horton was traded to the Bruins last summer, and now one year later he’s bringing the Cup back with him to Florida.
Chris Kelly was acquired by the Bruins from the Ottawa Senators midseason. He had played his entire seven-year NHL career with the Senators before that. Though a native of Toronto, Kelly will take the Cup to Ottawa, his adopted home. The modern incarnation of the Ottawa franchise has never won the Cup, so Kelly will certainly attract a lot of attention there.
Bruins centerman Patrice Bergeron will spend a day with the Cup in Quebec City. Quebec City is a predominantly French-speaking place and since the Quebec Nordiques left town has slowly become a Montreal Canadiens area, primarily because of the Francophone connection. The Bruins and Canadiens have a storied, heated rivalry which continued this postseason with the Bruins winning the opening-round series in overtime of the seventh game. Quebec City might be the second-worst place for any Bruin to bring the Cup to besides Montreal.
Assuredly the NHL will have adequate protection for every player on their day with the Cup. But these four players have particularly interesting days lined up. Their adventures this summer with the Stanley Cup should be fun to watch.