After a day in Lake Zurich, Ilinois, with Capitals director of player development, Steve Richmond, the Stanley Cup headed “Back to Ohio” on Wednesday for a day with John Walton and former Capitals goaltending coach Mitch Korn. (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 has already occurred right here.)
Goggin Ice Center, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
John Walton and Mitch Korn held a public event at the Goggin Ice Center on the campus of Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday. No surprise, but lines formed early for the opportunity to meet the Stanley Cup Champions, and view the Stanley Cup.
Korn, an Oxford native, was Miami’s goaltending coach from 1981-88, served as the Washington Capitals’ director of goaltending during their 2017-18 championship run. Mitch Korn’s Goalie School, is regarded as one of the top goaltending camps in the world. While serving as goaltending coach with the Buffalo Sabres in the 90s, he turned Dominik Hasek into a four-time Vezina Trophy winner for the league’s top goaltender, with a pair of Hart Trophies (NHL MVP) to boot. He also helped Braden Holtby capture a Vezina Trophy shortly in his second year as goaltender coach for the Washington Capitals.
John Walton, another child of Oxford, who covered the Capitals’ title run, has been the voice of the Washington Capitals since 2013. He was the public address announcer for the Cincinnati Reds from 1996 to 2002 and was also the first play-by-play voice of the AHL’s Cincinnati Mighty Ducks from 1997 to 2000. Walton also the Senior Manager of Communications for Washington’s American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, the Bears, and called three Calder Cup championship seasons for the Bears in 2006, 2009 and 2010.
Fans lined up for a photo with the prestigious mug. Even fans of teams that fell victim to the champs along their way to winning the Cup. The woman below took her daughters out of school today to see the Stanley Cup. She said it was “more important.” (Per @dmaetzmedia).
Miami University student Jon Cameron may have been the most prepared for his visit to see the Stanley Cup. He drafted a formal letter of absence to administrators at the University, and had John Walton and Mitch Korn sign the letter, excusing his absence.
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Mitch Korn has made an immeasurable impact on Miami. We are honored he chose to bring the Stanley Cup to campus. Mitch Korn, who was Miami's goaltending coach from 1981-88, served as the Washington Capitals' director of goaltending during their 2017-18 championship run. While at Miami University, he notably developed goaltender Alain Chevrier into becoming the first Miami player to reach the NHL. He also served as a night manager and eventually the Director of Goggin Ice Arena while down the road playing a vital role in the 2007 opening of Steve 'Coach' Cady Arena, the current home of the RedHawks. #StanleyAtMiami #StanleyCup #LoveandHonor #MiamiOH
The expression on the boys face at the end of the following video says it all:
A ceremony honoring the championship duo also took place at Goggin, which included the unfurling of a new banner in Mitch Korn’s honor.
What a special moment for Mitch Korn who has given so much of himself to start, develop & continue to grow Hockey at @miamiuniversity. Fitting, as he again put the University first by bringing the Stanley Cup and sharing his moment with he Miami Community. @MiamiOH_Hockey @NHL pic.twitter.com/X4F9BZZyb0
— Chris Kerber (@chriskerber) September 5, 2018
John Walton’s special day was shared with his father, who was a professor of Marketing at the Farmer school at Miami University.
Youth Session, Goggin Ice Center, Oxford, Ohio
Once the public viewing was done, the Cup made an appearance on the Steve ‘Coach’ Cady Arena ice, where the Miami hockey team enjoyed a photo op with it. Several other supported of Miami hockey also got a few moments with the most storied trophy in sports before the next phase of its action packed day.
Private Reception, President’s Home, Oxford, Ohio
Miami University President Greg Crawford arrived shortly after the youth skate and brought the Cup through the heart of campus and eventually to his house, where numerous supporters of Miami University got to enjoy an evening with the Cup.
Mac and Joe’s, Offord, Ohio
Private Event, The Elms, Oxford, Ohio
Brick Stret Bar, Oxford, Ohio
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By Jon Sorensen