Stanley Cup Tours The Globe With Back-To-Back Champion Penguins

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — For the second straight summer, the Pittsburgh Penguins are partying with the Stanley Cup.

The back-to-back champions are each taking their turn with hockey’s most coveted prize.

It’s already been to California with defenseman Chad Ruhwedel, who spent the day with it in his hometown of San Diego last month.

The Cup then returned to Pittsburgh, where over the weekend, it spent the day at PPG Paints Arena with season ticket holders.

On Monday, it was Chris Kunitz’s turn. The four-time champion recently left the Pens through free agency to sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Keeper of the Cup, Philip Pritchard, tweeted this photo of Kunitz and his children starting the morning off right with a little milk and cereal out of the trophy.

On June 12, Assistant General Manager Bill Guerin spent his day with the Cup! A photo posted by the Keeper of the Cup shows Guerin and his family enjoying the day at the 911th Airlift Wing.

Here’s another one of Guerin standing, well, on top of the world!

Then, Guerin and the Stanley Cup did a little grocery shopping…

After spending some time back in Pittsburgh, the Stanley Cup then headed to Minnesota for Jake Guentzel’s day on July 13. At the victory parade, Guentzel famously said he was taking it back to his hometown.

Here he is in front of his hometown fans.

Then, he hit the links:

Guentzel took to Twitter to thank everyone for making the day special.

Justin Schultz began his day with the Cup on July 15 with a trip to visit children in a local hospital in Kelowna, Canada.

Schultz continued his day with a trip to a vineyard and Lake Okanagan, and he had a small party with family and friends.

Carter Rowney received a hero’s welcome in his hometown of Sexsmith, Alberta in Canada on Sunday.

On July 19, defenseman Trevor Daley marked his day with the Stanley Cup.

Scott Wilson spent his day with Cup on Lake Ontario on July 20.

Marc-André Fleury started his day with the Cup at the Ronald McDonald House in Montréal on July 22.

Another photo tweeted by Philip Pritchard, the Keeper of the Cup, showed the Stanley Cup strapped in to the back seat of Fleury’s car as he stopped for gas. Fleury later celebrated his daughter Scarlett’s 2nd birthday.

Kris Letang took the Stanley Cup to a Montréal children’s hospital on July 23.

Letang later played in a charity game to raise $50,000 for a children’s hospital.

After the trip to Canada, the Cup headed overseas where it visited Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar in Russia.

Malkin seems to have taken the Cup to a soccer field.

And here they are together:

After visiting Russia, the Stanley Cup headed over to Germany for a day with forward Tom Kuhnhackl.

The next stop was the North of Finland for a day with Olli Maatta.

After Finland, the Cup headed next door to Sweden to visit with Patric Hornqvist and Carl Hagelin. Check out this photo Hagelin posted to Instagram:

Thanks for throwing a good party #72🍾🏆

A post shared by Carl Hagelin (@62hagsofficial) on

Here’s Hornqvist with some former teammates:

And Hagelin celebrating with his hometown:

The Cup then continued its European journey with a visit to Switzerland to spend the day with defenseman Mark Streit. Here he is celebrating the day in Bern:

The Cup crossed back over to our side of the Atlantic as Sidney Crosby brought it back to Nova Scotia. One of his first stops on Sunday, Aug. 6, was to a veteran’s retirement home in Halifax.

Next, he surprised some patients at a children’s hospital.

And click here for more of Crosby’s 30th birthday celebration.

Matt Murray posted some photos of what appears to be a photoshoot with his dog and the Stanley Cup on Aug. 13.

Phil Kessel used the Stanley Cup as his own personal hot dog dish at a golf course on Aug. 14.

Next, the Cup went to Michigan, where Ian Cole hosed it down so it was nice and clean for its next stop on the tour.

Brian Dumoulin paid a visit to Bunker Hill on his day with the Cup.

Nick Bonino took the Cup to his alma mater, Avon Old Farms, on Aug. 20, then had some of his mom’s homecooked spaghetti — eaten straight out of the Cup, of course.

After waiting a very long time just to play in a playoff game, defenseman Ron Hainsey got to spend his special day with Stanley Cup on Aug. 21. Also the day of the Solar Eclipse, Hainsey took the Cup golfing.

Conor Sheary also spent his day with the Cup, Aug. 29, on the golf course.

Josh Archibald was up next. He took the Cup to Minneapolis.

The day will be a memorable one for Archibald and his family, not just because they got to spend the day with Stanley Cup, but because his newborn son was baptized in it. These photos posted to Twitter from the Keeper of the Cup show 3-week-old Brecken Archibald being christened in hockey’s holy grail.

After waking up his son Joey with an early morning surprise, Matt Cullen took the Cup to a North Dakota hospital and spent some time with young patients there.

General Manager Jim Rutherford got to spend his day with the Stanley Cup on Sept. 3. He enjoyed a special cake to go along with his special day.

After touring the globe, the Cup ended up back in Pittsburgh on Sept. 4.

Penguins President David Morehouse threw an event in his hometown of Beechview on Labor Day. Residents were able to snap photos with the Cup.

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Later in the day, Morehouse and his kids made an ice cream sundae and ate it straight out of the Cup.

On Sept. 7, with much of the team returning to town for the new season, Bryan Rust got to spend his day with the Cup. His dog Cooper seemed to be enjoying himself.

Rust also helped to raise funds for local charity, Forever Home Beagle Rescue.

Patients at Children’s Hospital got a chance to have their picture taken with Jake Guentzel, Bryan Rust, Brian Dumoulin, and the Stanley Cup on Sept. 11. (WATCH)

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