As mentioned last week, new Red Wing and Tampa Bay Lightning alumnus Mitchell Stepehens had his “Day With the Cup” in Peterborough, Ontario on Wednesday, but things were toned down somewhat due to coronavirus issues.
Stephens had a boat parade with the Cup, and Detroit Hockey Now’s Bob Duff did the digging to find some superb Tweets and a video from Stephens’ boat parade:
Stephens also spoke with the Peterborough Examiner’s Mike Davies:
Mitchell Stephens hopes he inspired some kids to chase their dream by bringing the Stanley Cup home.
About 300 spectators lined the Trent-Severn Waterway below the Peterborough Lift Lock as Stephens and his family paraded the iconic trophy on a boat through the city’s most famous landmark.
The 90-minute procession took them through the canal to Little Lake around the water foundation and to a gathering of 150 more spectators at Del Crary Park.
In doing so Stephens was living out his childhood dream after back-to-back Cup wins with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“Any time I can inspire young kids to chase their dreams, whatever it may be, because I know this has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. It’s an exciting time.”
Continued; it’s nice to be up at 2 AM on a Saturday morning and see Duff posting this stuff, frankly.
I got to take a virtual little trip to Area 51 via the National Geographic channel to learn about military aviation (a hobby of mine), and now I get to top off the night with the closest any of us is going to get to a “Day With the Cup” for a couple of years yet.
I miss it. When your team wins it four times in your lifetime, and four times in 11 years, you realize what an immense privilege it is to raise that trophy. Here’s hoping that we see the Wings raise it again before this decade is out…
And here’s a hearty “cheers!” to the newest older gents on the Wings beat. Detroit Hockey Now is putting out some good stuff, Duff, formerly of the Windsor Star and Hockeybuzz, and Kevin Allen, the long-time USA Today scribe, aren’t new to the beat, but they’re churning out new content at a new address. The subscription is quite affordable as well.