Since unlike some sports, where each player is awarded with a ring or another type of momentum to symbolize that he or she was a apart of a team that achieved beyond other teams in the league, in hockey, the biggest prize is a shared one. It’s tradition that every player take the Stanley Cup home for a period of time during the summer months.
The Los Angeles Kings won the cup last season, so as well as, doing its routine tour of the Greater Toronto Area and a bunch of small towns throughout Canada that no one has ever heard of, Stanley had quite a summer…
The Kings defenseman Slava Voynov and forward Andrei Loktionov started the summer tour off, taking the Cup through several Russian cities.
Then, the Canadian tour began.
13 different Kings players and staff members are natives of Ontario.
Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter, took the cup home to London, Ontario where it met the OHL‘s London Knights. While coaching consultant Bernie Nicholls took the cup hunting with him in West Guilford, ON. Nicholls told NHL.com:
We do a lot of hunting. I had my bow and it [the Cup] stood in the tree stand beside me. My dad has been there since 1961. I remember walking through the bush when I was 5 years old following my dad. I’ve hunted my whole life. I always had a passion for that.
Dustin Penner brought the cup home to Winkler, Manitoba and August 17, 2012 was officially declared “Dustin Penner Day.”