Byfuglien bringing Stanley Cup home to Minnesota Aug. 15
Hockey's most iconic trophy will soon be introduced to one of hockey's most iconic towns.
Dustin Byfuglien, who won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks last month, will have his day with the trophy on Sunday, Aug. 15, and he's bringing it to his hometown of Roseau, Minn., his agent told the Herald.
The Cup is expected to arrive between noon and 3 p.m. No other specific plans have been announced yet.
This will mark the Stanley Cup's first trip to Roseau -- a town the Minnesota Wild recently named the capital of the State of Hockey for its rich history.
Neal Broten, the only Roseau native to win the Cup, didn't bring it back after winning it with the New Jersey Devils in 1995.
Each player who wins the Stanley Cup gets to have a day with the trophy.
Byfuglien was a key player for the Blackhawks, who defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in six games to win their first NHL title in 49 years. Byfuglien tied for the team lead in playoff goals and led all NHL players in playoff game-winners.
In the Western Conference semifinals against San Jose, Byfuglien scored the game-winning goal in three of the four games.
After the season ended, Byfuglien was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers -- a move designed to help get the Blackhawks under the salary cap for next season.