The Stanley Cup will travel with each Capital player this summer making stops around the world along the way, but few stops will be as meaningful as the one it will take with Chandler Stephenson.
Stephenson, a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, intends to spend his day with the Stanley Cup in Humboldt, Saskatchewan.
The hockey world was stunned in April with news of a devastating bus crash involving the junior hockey team Humboldt Broncos. A total of 16 people were killed and 13 injured when a truck crashed into the bus carrying the team.
Saskatoon is only about 90 minutes away from Humboldt and Stephenson felt a personal connection to the tragedy.
"I knew a couple of guys on the bus," Stephenson told reporters after Thursday's game.
Every player on a Stanley Cup winning team gets to spend a day with the Cup. To help with the healing process, Stephenson has pledged to bring the Cup to Humboldt. He spoke further about his plans at the team's final media availability on Wednesday.
"That's obviously something that I've been wanting to do and something that's special and close to home for me," he said. "Yeah, it's something that I'm looking forward to."
The crash deeply affected the entire hockey community. "Humboldt Strong" became a rallying cry as did "Sticks out for Humboldt" as sticks were left out all across North America in honor of the victims.
— JJ Regan (@JJReganNBCS) April 12, 2018
For a tragedy that was felt across the hockey community, it seems fitting that as part of the healing process the Stanley Cup be brought to Humboldt for the victims and their families to enjoy.
Said Stephenson, "When the day comes and the people and family and friends there, it's going to be special."
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