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A final ode to the 2016/17 Pittsburgh Penguins

One last look at a season full of emotion, endurance, commitment, and respect. A collection of photos, stories, and moments from the Penguins' summer with Stanley.


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The more you think about it, the more remarkable it gets. 

Back-to-back champions in a league that prides itself on parity. A football city engulfed by hockey. A core of five players getting one last run with each other before painful and tear-jerking goodbyes. A parade down Boulevard of the Allies that rivaled the turnout of the Super Bowl parade. 

Their backs against the wall time and time again and finding a way. The only team in recent memory to use two goalies evenly to win the Cup. 

The stories that surrounded the 2016/17 Pittsburgh Penguins are endless. The emergence of Jake Guentzel. The back-and-forth goalie saga that was Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray. 

The heartbreaking goodbye from Fleury that followed not long after that warm summer night in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Carter Rowney playing his first NHL game as a 27-year-old rookie. Matt Cullen coming back to be the ultimate team “dad”. Chris Kunitz scoring the goal to send the Penguins to the finals again. Ron Hainsey playing 907 NHL games before getting a shot at the playoffs. 

The stories are endless. 

However, sometimes words can’t do a season justice. Sometimes images are needed to relive the magic. The banner has been raised and new story-lines are already being written but as this happens, take a moment to reflect on the team that was and how unique it truly was. 

The team will look different, the locker room will not be the same, and the makeup of the organization has shifted. 

Let’s take a moment and look back at the Penguins’ adventures with the Stanley Cup this summer. 

June 11th, 2017

Nothing better than a few iconic images from the on-ice celebrations to start things off.

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 Pictured above: Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin pose for a photo with the Cup

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Pictured above: Marc-Andre Fleury answer questions from reporters with his young daughter in tow. 

Pictured below: Sidney Crosby enters the dressing room with the Stanley Cup 

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Pictured below: 40-year-old veteran and fourth line center Matt Cullen gets his turn with the Cup. 

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Pictured below: Chris Kunitz, the only active NHL player to have four Stanley Cup rings, shares a moment with his children. 

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Pictured below: Ron Burkle passes the Cup to Pittsburgh icon, Mario Lemieux. 

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Pictured above: Sidney Crosby passes the Cup to longtime NHL veteran, Ron Hainsey. 

June 13th, 2017

The Penguins took the Stanley Cup to PNC Park to throw out the first pitch. 

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Pictured above: Partick Hornqvist carries the Cup into PNC Park with Carl Hagelin and Sidney Crosby. 

Pictured below: The Penguins and Pirates pose together with the Cup 

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Pictured above: Fleury lets the Pirates’ mascot kiss the Cup 

June 14th, 2017

In front of an estimated crowd of 650,000, the Penguins paraded down the streets of Pittsburgh with the Cup. 

These photos speak for themselves. 

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June 30th, 2017

After a slew of personal and private team events, the Cup ventured off on its famous player’s tour. Each player received 24 hours with the Cup. 

First player up: Chad Ruhwedel

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Chad Ruhwedel, age 27, brought the cup home to San Diego, California, USA on June 30th. Ruhwedel played minor hockey in San Diego, followed by time spent with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL and Division 1 UMass Lowell.  

He played in 32 games with the Penguins this season and six playoff games, including four games in the Eastern Conference Final. 

On June 22nd, 2017, Ruhwedel signed a two-year contract extension with the Penguins.  He was undrafted but started his NHL career in 2012 with the Buffalo Sabres. 

July 10th, 2017 

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Chris Kunitz, age 37, brought the Cup to his Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA home on July 10th. Kunitz has spent the past nine seasons with the Penguins. He is originally from Regina, Saskatchewan. 

Kunitz played 71 games for the Penguins this season. He also appeared in 20 games this postseason. Most notably, Kunitz scored the double overtime winner in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Ottawa Senators to send the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Final. The goal was assisted by long-time teammate and linemate, Sidney Crosby. 

On July 1st, 2017, Kunitz signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kunitz was undrafted but started his NHL career in 2003 with the Anaheim Ducks. Kunitz is the only active NHL player to have won the Stanley Cup four times, including three with Pittsburgh. 

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Dana Heinze, the longtime equipment manager of the Penguins brought the Cup home to Johnstown, PA, USA on July 11th. He also spent time at M&M Lakes with friends and family. 

Heinze has been in and around professional hockey for around 30 years and has been a part of four Stanley Cup Championships as a member of the equipment staff (three with the Penguins and one with the Tampa Bay Lightning). 

July 12th, 2017

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Bill Guerin, the current general manager of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the assistant general manager of the NHL Penguins, brought the Cup to his Pittsburgh, PA, USA area on July 12th. Guerin is originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. 

Guerin has been with the Penguins since 2009 where he was an active player for the 2009 Championship. His playing career included 1,263 games, 429 goals, 856 points, 1,660 penalty minutes and two Stanley Cups. Guerin was originally drafted fifth overall in the 1991 draft by the New Jersey Devils.

July 13th, 2017

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Jake Guentzel, age 22, brought the Cup to his boyhood home in Woodbury, Minnesota, USA on July 12th. This was Guentzel first year in the NHL. Guentzel was born in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Guentzel played in 40 games for the Penguins this year, and 33 games for the Penguins NHL Affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He played in all 25 games for the Penguins this postseason. He also tied the NHL playoff rookie record for points with 21. He now shares that honor with Minnesota North Stars’ winger Dino Ciccarelli.

July 15th, 2017

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Justin Schultz, age 27, brought the Cup to the place where he was born, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. on July 15th, 2017.  This was his second year with the Penguins and his fifth year in the NHL. Schultz grew up in Westbank, British Columbia, Canada. 

Schultz played in 78 games for the Penguins this season and was one of the steady forces on a constantly depleted blue line for the Penguins. He also played in 21 games in the postseason. He had 13 points, including the game-tying goal in the dying seconds of Game 3 against Washington, and the game-winning goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference second-round of playoffs.

Of note, the Schultz Stanley Cup party included country music singer and BC native, Chad Brownlee. 

Schultz, on July 1st, 2017 Schultz re-signed with the Penguins for three years. Before the Penguins Schultz spent three years with the University of Wisconsin before signing with the Edmonton Oilers. He also played for the Pursuit of Excellence and the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL. 

July 16th, 2017

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Carter Rowney, age 28, brought the Cup home to the Town of Sexsmith, Alberta, Canada, on July 16th, 2017. The population of the town is 2,620, with the primary occupations for residents being canola farming and the oil industry.  

This was his first year in the NHL. 

Rowney, played 27 games with Penguins this season, and 26 games with the Penguins affiliate Wilkes/Barre Scranton. He also played in 20 postseason games for the Penguins in 2017.  He was a critical piece of the Penguins fourth line and welcomed mid-season addition to the penalty kill. 

Rowney is under contract with the Penguins until the end of the 2018 season. After, he will become a restricted free agent. Before his time with Penguins, he spent four years with the Grand Prairie Storm of the AJHL, four years with the University of North Dakota, a year with the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL, followed by time with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL and WBS of the AHL. 

July 19th, 2017

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Trevor Daley, age 33, brought the Cup home to the town of Stouffville, Ontario, Canada on July 19th. Southville is a part of the greater Toronto area. Daley was born in Toronto. This was his 13th season in the NHL and second with the Penguins. 

Daley played 56 regular season games for the Penguins this year, and 21 playoff games. His consistency was a huge part of the Penguins blue line.  

Daley, on July 1st, signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Before his time in Pittsburgh Daley played his junior hockey in Sault St. Marie for the Greyhounds, before being selected 43rd overall by the Dallas Stars in the 2002 Draft. He played for Dallas for ten years before moving to Chicago and then Pittsburgh. 

July 20th, 2017

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Scott Wilson, age 25, brought the Cup home to Oakville, Ontario, Canada, on July 20th. He spent the day meeting with minor hockey players, and with family. This was Wilson’s first full season in the NHL, but third year making appearances in the league. 

Wilson played in 78 regular season games this year for the Penguins and 20 playoff games. He scored three goals in the 2017 playoffs, including one in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. He was a consistent member of the fourth line. 

Wilson is signed with the Penguins through the 2017/18 season. After next season he will become a restricted free agent. Before the Penguins Wilson played for the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League for three years before played three years with UMass Lowell of the NCAA. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2011 draft by the Penguins. 

July 22nd, 2017

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Marc-Andre Fleury, age 32, brought the Cup home to Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Canada on July 22nd. This was his 14th season in the league and his last as a Penguin. Fleury was the first overall draft pick of the Penguins in 2003. Fleury spent the day at the Ronald MacDonald house in Montreal, with minor hockey players in his hometown and celebrating his youngest daughter’s second birthday!

Fleury played in 38 games in the regular season and 15 games in the playoffs. Fleury set franchise playoff records in wins, and games played. He recorded a Game 7 shutout of the Washington Capitals on the road. Fleury cemented his legacy as one of the greatest Penguins ever as he now holds every major Penguin goaltending record.  

Fleury, on June 21st, was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft. Before his time with the Penguins he was selected 16th overall in the QMJHL draft by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. He played four seasons with the Screaming Eagles and in 2008 his jersey was retired for the Eagles.

July 23rd, 2017 

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Kris Letang, age 30, brought the Cup to his hometown, Montreal, Quebec, Canada on July 23rd. This was his 11th season in the NHL. He has spent all of them with the Penguins.

Letang played 41 games for the Penguins this season before sustaining a season-ending herniated disk in his neck. The injury required surgery, and he could not play the rest of the season. Letang is one of six Penguins to have won three Stanley Cups with the Penguins. 

 Letang is under contract with the Penguins until the end of the 2021/22 season. He was drafted 62nd overall by the Penguins in the 2005 draft. Before reaching the NHL, Letang played three seasons with the Val-d’Or Foreurs of the QMJHL and captaining the Canadian U-20 teams to back-to-back gold medals in 2006 and 2007 at the World Junior Hockey Championships. 

July 27th, 2017 

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Evgeni Malkin, age 31, brought the Cup to Moscow, Russia on July 27th. This was his 11th season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has spent all 11 seasons with the Penguins. 

Malkin played 62 games for the Penguins this season and all 25 playoff games. He tallied 72 points in the regular season and another 28 in the postseason. Malkin also received Conn Smythe votes this postseason and previously won the Conn Smythe in 2009. 

Malkin is under contract with the Penguins until the end of the 2021/22 season. He was drafted second overall by the Penguins in 2004. Before the NHL Malkin played with the Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Russian Super League. He has also won the World Championships with Team Russia twice, the Art Ross in 2009 and 2012, and the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2012. 

July 28th, 2017

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Tom Kuhnhackl, age 25, brought the cup home to Landshut, Germany on July 28th. He has won the Cup both seasons he has been a part of the Penguins. 

Kuhnhackl played 57 games with the Penguins this season and 11 games in the playoffs. He had 16 points in the regular season and seven points in the postseason. He was a part of a nasty collision during the series with the Blue Jackets where he was crosschecked in the neck. 

Kuhnhackl is under contract with the Penguins until the end of the 2017/18 season. Before his time with the Penguins he spent time with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL, Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, Niagara Ice Dogs and Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, and the Augsburger Panthers of the German Elite League.

The German-born forward is the son of Erich Kuhnhackl, one of the top German hockey players for nearly two decades who was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 1997. 

July 29th, 2017

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Olli Maatta, age 22 brought the cup home to Jyväskylä, Finland only July 29th. He was the only player on the Penguins to win the Cup from Finland. 

Maatta played 55 games for the Penguins this season, including all 25 playoff games. He had eight points in the playoffs this year. Overall Maatta has been one young success in the Penguins’ organization and has overcome a slew of injuries, including a cancer scare. 

He has won an Olympic bronze medal with Team Finland at the 2014 Sochi Games. 

Maatta signed a six-year contract with the Penguins in February of 2016 and is under contract with the Penguins until 2021/22. He was drafted 22nd overall by the Penguins in the 2002 draft and played his first NHL season in 2013/14. Before the Penguins he played two seasons with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. 

July 31st, 2017

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Patric Hornqvist, age 30, brought the Cup to Stockholm, Sweden. Hornqvist was born in Sollentuna, Sweden.  During his day with the Cup, he had his jersey number retired by his amateur club. 

Hornqvist played in 70 games for the Penguins this year, recording 44 Points. He also appeared in 19 playoff games this year. He recorded nine points, including the Stanley Cup-winning goal in Game 6 against Nashville with 1:35 to go in regulation. 

Hornqvist is under contract with the Penguins until the end of the 2017/18 season. He was originally selected 230th overall in the 2005 draft by the Nashville Predators. He spent three seasons with Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Elite League before playing six seasons with the Nashville Predators/Milwaukee Admirals. In 2014 Hornqvist signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

August 1st, 2017

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Carl Hagelin, age 28,  brought the Cup to Stockholm, Sweden. Hagelin was born in Nykvarn, Sweden. During his day with the Cup, he spent it having a traditional meal and visiting local hockey rinks. During his day with the Cup, he spent it having a traditional meal and visiting local hockey rinks. 

Hagelin played 61 games for the Penguins last season and 15 games in the playoffs. He had an off year during the regular season and was hurt throughout the playoffs but still contributed two goals in the post-season. Most notably, he scored the empty-netter that clinched the Stanley Cup in Nashville with a little under a minute to play.

Hagelin is under contract with the Penguins until the end of the 2018/19 season. Before his time with the Penguins, he played for the Anaheim Ducks, and New York Rangers and the Connecticut Whale of the AHL. He played his college hockey at the University of Michigan and was drafted 168th overall by the Rangers in 2007. 

August 2nd, 2017

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Mark Streit, age 39, brought the Cup home to Bern, Switzerland. He was the first NHL player to bring the Cup to Bern and the third Swiss-born player to ever with the trophy. 

Streit played 49 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and 19 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He was acquired at the trade deadline from the Tampa Bay Lightning. He played an important depth role and adapted well to playing a supporting role. 

Streit, on July 25th, signed a one-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens. Before his time with the Penguins he spent time with the Flyers, New York Islanders, and Canadians. He was drafted 262nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2004. 

August 6th and 7th, 2017 

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Sidney Crosby, age 30 brought the Cup home to Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada and Rimouski, Quebec, Canada. Crosby was and is the Captain of the Penguins and got the honor of having the Cup for a full 48 hours.

Crosby, played 75 games for the Penguins last season, including 24 games in the playoffs. He accumulated 89 points in the regular season and 28 in the postseason. Crosby was the winner of the Conn Smythe AND Rocket Richard Trophies this year. Crosby is undoubtedly the most prolific player of his generation.

Crosby signed a 13-year contract in 2012 and is under contract with the Penguins until the end of the 2024/25 season. Before his time the Penguins he played for Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Jr Hockey League. 

He was drafted first overall in 2005 by the Penguins. He also had two Olympic gold medals, a World Cup gold medal, a World Championship gold medal and World Jr gold medal, all with team Canada. 

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August 12th, 2017 

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Matthew Murray, age 23, brought the Cup home to Thunder Bay, Ontario. Of note, because of a unique technicality and the number of games he played in his first year in the NHL Murray was still considered a rookie this season, making him the only rookie in history to win two Stanley Cups. 

Murray played in 49 games this season, winning 32 of them. He also played in 11 games in the postseason, including the Cup Final against Nashville. He was injured in the warmups for the first game of the playoffs but came back in the conference finals against Ottawa. 

Murray signed a three-year deal with the Penguins in the summer of 2016 and will be under contract with the Penguins which kicks in this season. Before, this time with the Penguins he spent time with the Penguins AHL affiliate and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL. He was drafted 83rd overall by the Penguins in 2012.

August 13th, 2017 

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Bryan Rust, age 25, brought the Cup to Detroit, Michigan, USA on August 13th.  He is originally from nearby Pontiac, Michigan. He has won the Stanley Cup in both of his seasons in the NHL. 

Rust played 57 games with the Penguins last season and 23 games in the postseason. He had nine points in the postseason and maintained his reputation as coming up big in elimination games. Rust was a mainstay on the Penguins’ third-line. 

Rust is under contract with the Penguins until the end of the 2017/18 season. After the season he will be an RFA. Before this time with the Penguins, Rust spent time with the Penguins’ affiliate and four seasons at the University of Notre Dame. Before college, he was a part of the US National Development Team. 

August 14th, 2017

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Phil Kessel, age 29, brought the Cup to Madison, Wisconsin, USA on August 14th.  This was Kessel’s 11th season in the NHL and second with the Penguins. 

Kessel is the only player on the Penguins to have played all 82 regular season games in both of the last two seasons. In addition, Kessel played in all 25 games in this past postseason. He recorded eight goals and 23 points. 

Kessel is under contract with the Penguins until the 2021/22 season. Kessel was originally drafted fifth overall by the Boston Bruins. He spent three seasons with the Bruins before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 2015 he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

August 15th, 2017

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Ian Cole, age 28, brought the Cup to Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. This was Cole’s eighth season in the NHL.  

Cole played in 81 games this season for the Penguins. He also appeared in all 25 playoff games for the Penguins this postseason. Cole led all players in the postseason with 62 blocked shots. He was also ninth in time on ice during the postseason. 

Cole is under contract with the Penguins until the end of the 2017/18 season. He was originally drafted by 18th overall in the 2007 draft by the St. Louis Blues. 

A product of the U.S. National Development Program, Cole spent three seasons the University of Notre Dame before splitting time with the Peoria Rivermen, the St. Louis AHL affiliate, and the Blues for the better part of nine seasons. At the 2014/15 trade deadline, Cole was traded to the Penguins. 

August 17th, 2017

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The head coach of the Penguins for the past two-and-a-half years brought the Cup to Duxbury, Massachusetts, USA. He played 11 seasons in the NHL before taking up coaching. He was drafted 67th overall in 1987 by the New York Rangers. He played 11 seasons in the NHL before taking up coaching. He was drafted 67th overall in 1987 by the New York Rangers. 

Mike Sullivan is an alumnus of Boston College and also served as an assistant coach at the 2006 Olympics in Torino for team USA. He is credited with 83 wins in his first two seasons as a head coach in the NHL. Before Pittsburgh, he was the head coach of the Penguins’ affiliate.

August 18th, 2017

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Brian Dumoulin, age 25,  brought the Cup to Boston, Massachusetts on August 18th. He is originally from Biddeford, Maine, USA. He is the first Maine resident to win the Stanley Cup. 

Dumoulin played 70 regular season games for the Penguins this season, and all 25 playoff games this past postseason. He led all Penguins in ice time during the playoffs, averaging 21:59 minutes a game. He also had the primary assist on the insurance goal scored by teammate Carl Hagelin in the Stanley Cup-clinching game for Pittsburgh. 

Dumoulin received signed a six-year deal with the Penguins on July 24 and will be under contract until the 2022/23 season.  He was originally drafted 51st overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2009. In the summer of 2012, Dumoulin was traded to the Penguins. Before his time in the NHL, he played three seasons with Boston College. Of note, he has won a Championship at the Highschool, College, Jr. A, and NHL levels. 

August 20th,2017

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Nick Bonino, age 29 brought the Cup to West Hartford, Connecticut, USA.  This is the second time he brought the Cup home as he was also a member of the Penguins’ run last season. 

Bonino played 80 games for the Penguins last year and 21 games in the postseason. In the postseason he broke his foot in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals but still finished the game. 

Bonino, signed a four-year deal with the Nashville Predators in the offseason after becoming a free agent. Before his time with the Penguins he spent time with the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks in the NHL. He also spent time with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL and played three years at Boston University. He was drafted 173rd overall by the San Jose Sharks in 2007. 

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Ron Hainsey, age 36, brought the Cup home to Bolton, Connecticut, USA. This past season he had played 907 games in the NHL without ever having played in a playoff game. 

Hainsey played in 72 games this past season, including 16 with the Penguins. He was a part of a trade near the deadline that brought him to Pittsburgh from Carolina. He also played in 25 games in the playoffs after turning into a key depth piece when Kris Letang with down with an injury. 

Hainsey signed a two-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1st, 2017. Before his time with the Penguins, he spent time with Carolina Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets, Montreal Canadiens, and the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL. 

He also played for the Hamilton Bulldogs and Quebec Citadelles of the AHL. He spent two college years at U-UMass Lowell. He was drafted 13th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2000.

August 29th, 2017 

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Conor Sheary, age 29, brought the Cup home to Boston, Massachusetts, USA. This was the second Cup of his career, both of them coming with Pittsburgh. 

Sheary played 61 games last season for the Penguins including 22 games in the postseason. Despite having a poor postseason statistically in 2016, he produced 53 points during the regular season. He was a mainstay on the top line with Crosby. 

Sheary signed a three-year extension with the Penguins on July 30th. Sheary has played on the Penguins for the past two seasons. Before his time with the Penguins he spent time with the Penguins AHL affiliate, UMass Amherst, and the Cushing Academy. He was undrafted and joined the Penguins’ organization in 2014.

August 30th, 2017

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Josh Archibald, age 24, brought the Cup to Brainerd, Minnesota, USA. Archibald was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. 

Archibald played 10 games in the Regular season for the Penguins and 61 games for the Penguins NHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He also played in four games for the Penguins in the postseason, including one game in the Stanley Cup Final. 

On July 12th, 2017, Archibald signed a two-year, one-way contract extension with the Penguins. He was originally selected 174th overall in the 2011 draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Before spending time with both the AHL Penguins and the ECHL affiliate, Wheeling Nailers, Archibald played 3 seasons with the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks. 

August 31st, 2017

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Matt Cullen, age 40 brought the Cup to Moorhead, Minnesota, USA on August 31st. As the oldest member of the Penguins, Cullen spent most of the season as a strong fourth line center and reliable faceoff man. Along with this, he was a strong presence in the room as a character guy.  

Cullen played 72 games for the Penguins last season and all 25 games in the postseason. His best hockey came in the postseason when he became one of the most reliable defenders and penalty killers along with winning key faceoffs. 

Cullen signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Wild on August 16, 2017. Before his time with the Penguins, Cullen had played for the Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, and the Anaheim Ducks. 

He also played for the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and Baltimore Bandits. Before professional hockey, he played for St. Cloud State. He was drafted 35th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in 1996.

September 3rd, 2017

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Jim Rutherford brought the Cup to his Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home. The general manager of the Penguins and former NHL player was the mastermind behind the back-to-back Cups. Not much needs to be said about his ability to construct a winning team. Of note, Rutherford has won three Stanley Cups including two with Pittsburgh and one with Carolina. 

Closing

It takes courage to play the game of hockey. We, as fans, have seen it time and time again. Hockey players will lay everything on the line in the name of the jersey they wear. The Penguins were no different. It was a special year for a special group of people that honestly will never play together again. That is precisely what makes the Cup so special. 

Winning is almost always accompanied with the reality that something will change soon. That is why back-to-back championships don’t happen often. This team as it is will never battle together again, but they have the hardware to prove that at one point, they were all Penguins.

As a fan of the game, thank you Pittsburgh. Thank you for taking people for the ride of a lifetime. Thank you for inching and clawing yourself forward when there was no logical reason you could advance.

Thank you Pittsburgh, you have created memories that city, team, fan base, and players alike will never forget. 

Thank you for taking us on this ride. 

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Laura Wiebe

I'm a 4th year student at  McGill University in Montreal Quebec, Canada. I am a die-hard hockey fan and was lucky enough to play competitively for 16 years. I was born in Leamington, Ontario, Canada and spent my high school years in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. I often find myself writing about the Pittsburgh Penguins and hopefully will continue my involvement within he hockey community in some way, shape or form.

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