By Carter Brooks
Photo by Peter Casey
As is the longstanding NHL custom, players, coaches and team executives on the Stanley Cup-winning team each are given a 24 hour period to celebrate with the trophy however they wish.
The Cup has already travelled around the world with stops in Sweden, Germany and a month-long stay at the Russian residence of Alexander Ovechkin, amongst other countries. In late July, Winnipeg-born Capitals defenceman Madison Bowey brought the Cup back to his hometown for a day of photos, autographs, barbecues and partying.
Now Manitobans northwest of Winnipeg will have their own chance to see Lord Stanley's mug, as the man responsible for coaching the champions, Barry Trotz, will be bringing the Cup back to his home in Dauphin.
On August 22nd, Trotz and his family will host a community parade and public viewing of the Cup. The man with 19 years of NHL coaching experience to his name will also use the opportunity to fundraise for local youth charities and organizations, as well as minor hockey in Dauphin.
The Trotz family will charge each attendee $2 admission to attend the event, which allows access to the parade and a photo with Trotz and the Cup. A silent auction featuring a boatload of NHL commemorative pieces and signed memorabilia will also occur throughout the day. VIP access is also available at $500 a ticket.
Coach Trotz has committed to matching all funds raised on the day, including admission, silent auction cash and donations made, up to a total of $75K.
Trotz has since walked away from the Washington Capitals and has been hired on to coach the John Tavares-less New York Islanders, under the watchful eye of General Manager Lou Lamoriello.