The PHT Stanley Cup tracker will keep tabs on how the Washington Capitals spend their summer celebrating
Last time in the chronicles of the Cup, Alex Ovechkin had taken the mug home to Russia, where it visited the World Cup and where Ovechkin’s dad, Mikhail, got to lift Lord Stanley for the first time.
Of course, no trip to Russia would be complete without a trip to Red Square. Ovechkin, obviously aware of this, showed up to the iconic setting unprompted with the Cup.
It’s not certain what the most expensive thing that has been eaten out of the mug bit of the Stanley Cup — cereal, expensive booze, etc., has all made its way into the bowl — but we’ll assume filling it with caviar is right up there.
Michal Kempny, fresh of signing a new deal with the Capitals, got his chance to take Stanley home to the Czech Republic.
Kempny’s hometown of Hodonin was treated to a good time in the Cup’s first foray into the eastern portion of the country.
Of course, the Cup got to ride shotgun again as Kempny head to his hometown rink for a meetup with fans and a Q&A.
The Cup wasn’t done in the Czech Republic after Kempny’s time with it, however.
Hockey’s holy grail then headed to the nation’s capital of Prague to see Jakub Vrana.
Vrana was joined by Kempny and Andre Burakovsky during his day, and also had Washington Wizards point guard Tomas Satoransky join in on the fun.
And, of course, mom and dad got their chance.
The Cup tour will take a much-needed break this week as it makes it’s way back to domestic soil. In two week’s time, Stanley will visit Minnesota and North Dakota, including time spent with Matt Niskanen and T.J. Oshie.
Lord Stanley’s itinerary can be found here.
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