By Carter Brooks
Photo by Bruce Bennett
Following a successful regular season and an exceptional postseason run, the Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup champions. Led by Manitobans Barry Trotz and Madison Bowey, the Stanley Cup will find its way to back home later this summer.
Capitals' Head Coach Barry Trotz of Dauphin, MB. will bring Lord Stanley's mug to his hometown on Wednesday, August 22nd. The Stanley Cup will be making its inaugural visit to the Parkland region, as no previous player, coach or team staff member from Dauphin has ever before won hockey's greatest prize.
Trotz's parents and the majority of his extended family live within the area, and should enjoy the family festivities. Although there is not yet a formal plan as to a community viewing/celebration, the Trotz family does indeed have some ideas in mind.
Dauphin isn't the only Manitoban stop on the Stanley Cup's summer voyage, as 23-year-old Winnipeg, MB.-born defenceman Madison Bowey will also have his day with the Cup on Saturday, July 28th.
On top of sharing the Stanley Cup with family and friends, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound former World Junior champion will bring the 35-pound piece of silver to his old stomping grounds, the Varsity View Sportsplex for a photo-op and autograph signing session, open to the local community.
Bowey suited up for 51 games with the Capitals this past season, registering 12 assists. He also skated in nine games for the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears, picking up two goals and eight points in the process. Although not dressing for Washington in the playoffs, Bowey will still get to see his name engraved on the Stanley Cup, as he played in over half of Washington's 2017-18 regular season games - eclipsing the 41-game minimum by ten games.