But Ryder, who has since been traded to the Dallas Stars, had a bumpty time with the Cup. During a welcoming reception in St. John's, the Stanley Cup, one of the oldest sporting trophies in the world, took a tumble when the table it rested on collapsed.
The incident was caught on video and the Cup didn't look like it suffered any major damage. One cheeky person even quipped that it was the Cup's "first dent of the day." Oh you wacky Newfoundlanders.
The Cup, which traditionally travels to the hometowns of players from the championship team, has a long history of misadventures. Over the decades it has been lost, used in baptisms and used as both a dog bowl and a celebratory champagne cup. See Bleacher Report's slideshow for more examples of Stanley Cup shenanigans.
Ryder isn't the first Newfoundlander to bring the Cup to the province. The Red Wings' Danny Cleary brought the Cup home when he helped win it in 2008.
Correction: The piece originally referred to a welcoming reception in Bonavista, the actual Stanley Cup dropping incident occurred in St. John's. The piece has been corrected.
Correction: Michael Ryder was traded to the Dallas Stars in the off-season. That fact has been added to the story.