According to a story on TSN in Canada, the Stanley Cup will commence its annual Summer Tour in mid-July, with Nathan Horton the first Boston Bruins player to spend a day with the cherished trophy.
According to the TSN piece, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has already taken Cup to Yosemite National Park and Bruins assistant coach Doug Houda had it with him in Whitefish, N.D., on Tuesday. Horton will bring the Cup to Fort Lauderdale, FL, before it heads overseas for a day in Kladno, Czech Republic, with Tomas Kaberle, a Bruin for all of 137 days before he signed with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 5.
David Krejci (Sternbeck, Czech Republic) is next, followed by captain Zdeno Chara, who will have two days with the Cup in Trencin, Slovakia. Tuuka Rask takes it to Savonlinna, Finland, before Shaun Thornton kicks off the Canadian leg in Oshawa, Ontario.
Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas will be the final player to host the trophy, getting it for two days in his hometown of Flint, Michigan.
No definitive dates, but here’s the list of players and where it will be:
Nathan Horton: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Tomas Kaberle: Kladno, Czech Republic
David Krejci: Sternbeck, Czech Republic
Zdeno Chara: Trencin, Slovakia
Tuuka Rask: Savonlinna, Finland
Shawn Thornton: Oshawa, Ontario
Daniel Paille: Welland, Ontario
Rich Peverley: Guelph, Ontario
Gregory Campbell: Tillsonburg, Ontario
Tyler Seguin: Brampton, Ontario
Marc Savard: Peterborough, Ontario
Chris Kelly: Ottawa, Ontario
Patrice Bergeron: Quebec City, Quebec
Mark Recchi: Kamloops, British Columbia
Milan Lucic: Vancouver, British Columbia
Shane Hnidy: Neepawa, Manitoba
Johnny Boychuk: Edmonton, Alberta
Adam McQuaid: Prince Edward Island
Brad Marchand: Nova Scotia
Michael Ryder: Newfoundland
Tim Thomas: Flint Michigan
It may have been 39 years since a Bruin last held the Cup, but the upcoming stories of individual player celebrations will certainly pale in comparison to the days of yore, before the NHL assigned a “handler of the Cup” to ensure it isn’t damaged. The Stanley Cup has been pretty much everywhere: at the bottom of a pool at Mario Lemieux’s house, in a strip club with Mark Messier, been used for the christening of players’ children — heck, Clark Gillies and Sean O’Donnell even fed their dogs from the Cup.
God only knows what Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin have planned.
Players often struggle with how best to plan their day with the Cup. But, for the Bruins, it’s a nice problem to have. The Hockey Hall of Fame has set up a website to follow the Cup and its journey. Should be an adventure.