The Stanley Cup will be making a stop in Humboldt, Sask., this summer thanks to Chandler Stephenson.
The Washington Capitals forward spoke of his intentions to honour the hockey community during the Stanley Cup Final should his Capitals claim the Cup, and the champion talked about his plans during a media availability on Thursday.
“That’s obviously something that I’ve been wanting to do and something that’s special and close to home for me,” he said, via NBC Sports Washington. “Yeah, it’s something that I’m looking forward to.”
Stephenson, who hails from Saskatoon and spent four seasons with the WHL’s Regina Pats, knew a few members of the Broncos and grieved with the rest of the hockey community following news of the fatal April 6 bus crash that killed 16 and injured 13. He opened up about his connection to the club and the tight-knit hockey community during the Final against the Vegas Golden Knights.
“Everybody knows everyone. You know somebody and they know that same person,” Stephenson said of Saskatchewan, via Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, ahead of the Cup-clinching Game 5, adding that it would be “something special” to honour Humboldt with the Stanley Cup. “The whole community itself, not even the hockey community, is so small. That’s kind of the cool thing about it – you’ll hear somebody telling a story and it’s like ‘Oh yeah, I’ve met that person, I know that person.”’