Friday, July 22, 2011
Stanley Cup making its way around Europe
By James Murphy
The Stanley Cup made its way through the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Wednesday and Thursday as former Bruins defenseman Tomas Kaberle (Kladno, Czech Republic), Bruins center David Krejci (Sternberk, Czech Republic) and captain Zdeno Chara (Trencin, Slovakia) got their days with the Cup.
Kaberle -- now a member of the Carolina Hurricanes after signing a three-year deal with them July 6 -- had a rather peculiar welcome from the mayor of his hometown when he was presented a sword and shield and greeted by a “Hello Piggy” band (see below).
Meanwhile, Krejci got to celebrate with his family and friends:
Chara was greeted with a statue of himself that will stand in a local children’s hospital and be auctioned off to help the young children.
“I didn’t know about it until a few days ago and to have a statue…it’s kind of, I really don’t know if I deserve it yet,” Chara told NHL.com. “It’s something that usually it’s made for people who are absolute legends and I don’t know if I’m in that category. But again, obviously it’s an honor and I’m just glad that it’s going to be auctioned off and the money is going to be used for children with different sicknesses.”
Chara also got to eat his favorite treat “rice cake” out of the Cup.
So far, only one Bruins player, Nathan Horton, has had his day with the Cup in North America. But that almost didn’t happen as Lord Stanley showed up late for a Stanley Cup parade in Dunnville, Ontario. The Stanley Cup did not make it’s flight from Boston to Buffalo prior to the parade.
The Stanley Cup is next scheduled to visit Savonlinna, Finland, the hometown of goaltender Tuukka Rask before heading back to North America and a seven-stop tour through Ontario. Here’s the latest list of where the Stanley Cup still has to travel: