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With the majority of the Capitals’ Stanley Cup-winning team having already enjoyed their Day With the Cup, there remains just a handful of players who have yet to do so. On Friday, Chandler Stephenson will have his name checked on the list, and will be celebrating his day with Lord Stanley’s prized chalice in Humboldt, Sasketchewan, near his hometown of Saskatoon, and the home city of the Humboldt Broncos minor league hockey team, which was struck by tragedy earlier this year when all but a few members of the team were killed in a tragic bus crash.
Prior to his Day With the Cup on Friday, Stephenson and the Cup will make a short stop on Thursday at the Virny Ridge Memorial at Kiwanis Park in Saskatoon from 1-3:30 P.M., where fans and visitors can have one piece of memorabilia signed and also take a photo with Stephenson and the Stanley Cup.
On Friday, Stephenson will take the Cup to Humboldt for Humboldt Hockey Day, a day to celebrate “the strength and resilience of the Humboldt Broncos community – a community that has worked so hard to support each other following the April 6 tragedy”, the Broncos recently said in a released statement.
Fans will have the chance to meet and greet both Stephenson and the Cup from 12-1:30 P.M. at Elgar Patterson Arena. There will also be two street hockey rinks set up for kids to enjoy games with current and former NHL players (children are asked to bring their own sticks/equipment), interactive games for people of all ages, a Hockey Hall of Fame and Sasketchewa Sports Hall of Fame exhibits on display. Concessions will also be open at the arena due to the expectation of large crowds, and Humboldt Strong merchandise will also be available for purchase, with all proceeds going towards the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation.
Among the players in attendance will be Brayden Schenn and Scott Hartnell (both Sasketchewan natives), and the Broncos will kick off their training camp at the arena the same day, and will be open to the public.
The events will open to the public at 12:00 P.M., will all events on the arena grounds.
By Michael Fleetwood