In 2009, when NHL all-star forward Phil Kessel arrived in Toronto to play for the Maple Leafs he promised the Canadian city a Stanley Cup Championship.
Kessel spent six seasons with the Original Six franchise, but the Leafs were unsuccessful in bringing the Toronto fan-base its first Cup since 1967. And, let’s just say Leafs Nation borderline ran Kessel out of town by 2015.
Though, the goal scorer recently earned a Stanley Cup ring by hoisting Lord Stanley with his new team this past June, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Still, Kessel kept his word by in fact bringing the Stanley Cup back to Toronto. The Madison, Wisconsin native considers the city his second home, and was sure to share his Day With The Cup with young fans at The Hospital for Sick Children.
Not bad for a guy who took a lot of heat and seemed to always be in the negative spotlight from a majority of Leafs fans plus the Toronto media, right?
After a team wins the Stanley Cup, each player gets to spend one day with it during the summer and at locations of their choice. The cancer survivor had been “very involved” with the Hospital for Sick Children during his tenure with the Maple Leafs, and didn’t forget about the smiles from some of his biggest fans.
A class act and admirable move by a player who was once shipped out of one of the toughest places to play for all of hockey, in Toronto.