PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — There were smiles all around on Tuesday when the Stanley Cup made a visit to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
“It’s awesome,” said Colten Allison of Alum Bank, Pennsylvania.
Children and their parents were thrilled to be up close with the Cup.
Rusty Eichman brought his 15-month-old son, Jace, to the special event.
Eichman said, “It’s awesome. I’m 30 and I have never been anywhere even close to the Stanley Cup.”
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin visited with the children and their families.
As memories were being made, Dumoulin told KDKA’s Julie Grant that some of his own special memories were coming back to him.
“I remember when I was a kid and I was able to touch the Stanley Cup. I put that goal in my head to try to win it someday. I hope it does it for some of the kids and they have a chance to enjoy it as much as I did,” said Dumoulin.
Families also had the opportunity to meet a penguin from the National Aviary. Goldie, a 2-year-old African penguin, appeared to enjoy taking lots of pictures and making new friends.
The names of the 2016 Pittsburgh Penguins have yet to be added to the Stanley Cup. They will be added to the same band of the Cup as the 2009 championship Pittsburgh Penguins.