The Stanley Cup continued its tour of southern Canada on Thursday with a stop in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and a day with Chandler Stephenson. The events today were relatively brief, as Stephenson will also accompany the Cup to Humboldt on Friday for events planned with the Humboldt community and the Humboldt Broncos. (More here). (Reminder, you can find the latest schedule of dates for Capitals players “day with the Stanley Cup” right here. You can find links to each and every “day with the Stanley Cup” that have already occurred right here.)
Chandler Stephenson’s day with the Stanley Cup in Saskatoon closes out the Canadian prairies leg of the summer tour. Saskatoon, the largest city in the Saskatchewan province, is a mere 300 miles from Barry Trotz and Dauphin, Manitoba, who had his day with the Stanley Cup the previous day, and just 370 miles to Calgary, Alberta, and Jay Beagle, who had his day with the Cup on Tuesday.
Residence, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
The Stanley Cup arrives to Chandler Stephenson! A late breakfast of mom’s bacon and eggs begins the day. (Keeper of the Cup)
Stephenson’s grandmother, age 91, also got the chance to drink from the Stanley Cup while the Cup was at the Stephenson home.
Stephenson posted a photo of the Stanley Cup in his backyard on his Instagram page.
Memorial in Kiwanis Park, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Chandler held a public event at the Vimy Memorial in Kiwanis Park, from 1-3:30 PM Thursday afternoon.
According to Global News, Stephenson is the 15th Saskatoon-born NHL player to hoist the Stanley Cup, and one of the few to bring the cup back to Saskatchewan. Stephenson’s father Cort proudly said he knew it was his son’s dream to win the cup since he was around the age of four, and he wasn’t expecting it to happen so early in his budding NHL career.
“You look at Iginla, 1,500 games and never won a Stanley Cup, Ovechkin had over 1,000 (games) and he just got his this year,” Cort said. “For him to get it in his first year, it’s really something.”
The line one half-hour before the start of the event was actually not too bad, with about 100 fans in line.
Chandler met with fans, signed autographs and posed for photos with the Stanley Cup.
Private Event, Marriott Hotel, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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It’s not everyday you get to hold the cup with your band and the guy who brought it home! An honour playing last nights #stanleycup party for @c__s18 and everyone who came out!!! We had a blast! @bombargo #nhl #stanleycupchampions #champions #capitols #nhl #bombargo #party #yxe #saskatooning #livemusic #grateful
Stephenson and the Stanley Cup are now off to visit the folks in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, and to spend Friday in Humboldt with the Humboldt Broncos. You can read more about Friday’s planned events in Humboldt right here.
“He said all along, he said he was taking the cup to Humboldt, even before they won the Stanley Cup,” his mother Bev said. “Just to bring some happiness and to bring a little bit of joy.”
According to his family, Chandler knew many of the players in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash personally, and the April 6 tragedy still hits close to home. His appearance with the cup on Aug. 24 will coincide with Hockey Day in Humboldt, and the first day of Broncos training camp.
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By Jon Sorense