Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin will be bringing the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Biddeford on Aug. 3, according to several media reports.
Dumoulin became the first player from the state of Maine to have his name etched on the Stanley Cup after the Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 to win the series four games to two last month. Dumoulin scored the game’s first goal on the power play.
The former two-time All-American at Boston College, who helped lead the Eagles to NCAA championships in 2010 and 2012, had two goals and dished out six assists in 24 NHL playoff games while averaging 21 minutes, 31 seconds of ice time per game.
The 24-year-old Dumoulin was the second leading scorer among Penguins defensemen behind Kris Letang (3 & 12) and had 16 assists in 79 regular season games in his first full NHL season this year.
Players, coaches and other team personnel who have their names inscribed on the Stanley Cup are allowed to have one personal day with the Stanley Cup. A representative of the Hockey Hall of Fame will accompany the Cup and act as its keeper during the visits.
Teams are allotted 100 off-season days for its personnel to have their day with the Cup.
South Paris native Skip Thayer had his day with the Cup in 1991 and 1992 when he was the athletic trainer for the champion Penguins.
Former University of Maine players Dustin Penner of Winkler, Manitoba, and Scott Darling of Lemont, Illinois, have their names on the Cup from Penner’s seasons with Anaheim (2006-07) and Los Angeles (2011-12) and Darling’s year with the Chicago Blackhawks a year ago.
The Stanley Cup is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, who was the governor general of Canada in 1892. He obtained the Cup for approximately $50 and donated it to the top amateur hockey club in Canada.
Lord Stanley and his family fell in love with the sport at Montreal’s 1889 Winter Carnival and the Cup was first awarded to the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association in 1893.
The 1906-07 Montreal Wanderers was the first team to have its roster engraved on the Cup, which was called the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup at that time. Their names were engraved in the inner bowl.
The Stanley Cup has been at the focal point of some misadventures in the past according to an mentalfloss.com story.
When the members of the champion Montreal Canadiens got a flat tire on the way to their victory banquet in 1924, they had to remove the Cup from the trunk to get the spare tire. They changed the tire and made their way to the party without realizing they had left the Cup in a snowbank by the side of the road.
Fortunately, upon speeding back to the spot of the flat tire, the Cup was still right where they had left it.
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Sylvain Lefebvre had his daughter christened in the Cup in 1996 and Detroit winger Tomas Holmstrom allowed his cousin to baptize his daughter in it in 2008.
In 1991, at a party hosted by Pittsburgh Penguins great Mario Lemieux, Penguins winger Phil Bourque tossed the Cup into Lemieux’s inground pool to see if it would float.
It didn’t. It sank to the bottom but was recovered unharmed.
The cup was also found at the bottom of Montreal goalie Patrick Roy’s pool two years later and, in 2002, Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek tried to swim with the Cup but the chaperone forced him to dry it off and give it back.