Next month when the Detroit Red Wings open training camp, center Mitchell Stephens will suit up with the team for the first time. This week, Stephens got to do what used to be a frequent summer habit for Red Wings players – he spent the day with the Stanley Cup.
Stephens won the Cup each of the past two seasons as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Bringing the Cup to his hometown of Peterborough, Ontario, Stephens took the Stanley Cup on a boat cruise through the area’s famous Trent-Severn Waterway.
The #StanleyCup is in #Peterborough! PTBO native Mitchell Stephens won the cup as a member of the @TBLightning and is parading it along the canal. I’ll be live tonight on @CHEXNewswatch with more from the Stanley Cup party! pic.twitter.com/eVLMsI3DNg
— Katrina Squazzin (@katrinasquazzin) August 25, 2021
The day started out atop the Peterborough Lift Lock.
— Stephen S (@pkstrk) August 25, 2021
The tour then proceeded through Lock 20 and onto Little Lake.
— PeterboroughExaminer (@PtboExaminer) August 26, 2021
Stephens then escorted Lord Stanley’s mug to Del Crary Park for a public ceremony.
Incredible spirit at Del Crary Park as the community celebrates Stanley Cup Champion Mitchell Stephens. pic.twitter.com/wd9tAqk1TS
— City of Peterborough (@CityPtbo) August 25, 2021
Stephens, who previously played in Michigan with the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit, was traded to the Red Wings in the offseason.