You can now add Hershey and Charleston to the long list of destinations for the Stanley Cup.
AHL affiliate to the Washington Capitals, the Hershey Bears will get a day with the Cup on October 7, the team announced Monday. Hershey will play the Bridgeport Sound Tigers that evening at 5 p.m. and fans will get a chance to have their picture taken with the Cup.
"It's a thrill to work with the Hockey Hall of Fame and the NHL to bring the Stanley Cup to our loyal fans in Hershey," Hershey's vice president of hockey operations Bryan Helmer said via a statement.
Andre Burakovsky,Tom Wilson, Jakub Vrana, Chandler Stephenson, Jay Beagle, Nathan Walker, Travis Boyd, John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov, Madison Bowey, Christian Djoos, Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer all have experience playing for Hershey in the past as does Pheonix Copley who was also on the playoff roster, though he did not play.
"With 14 former Bears on the roster of the 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, Hershey played a large part in our affiliate's victory, so it's only appropriate the Stanley Cup spends time in Chocolatetown, U.S.A."
The Stanley Cup will also be making a trip to Charleston to visit the Caps' ECHL affiliate, South Carolina Stingrays, on Oct. 20 for the team's opener.
The Prince of Wales Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy and Rocket Richard Trophy will also travel with the Cup to both destinations.
Making a stop at an AHL affiliate is not a required trip, but given the impact those teams have on players' development, it should become a traditional stop each and every summer for every team that wins the Cup.
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