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Stanley Cup expected to visit Winnipeg once again with Jonathan Toews

06/16/2015 09:12 EDT | Updated 06/16/2016 05:59 EDT
The Winnipeg connection to one of the most sought-after trophies in professional sports has been reinforced.

With the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the names of three Winnipeg-born players will be engraved on the chalice once again — Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp.

All three have been part of the 'Hawks current dynasty, which first won the cup in 2010, then again in 2013, before claiming their third on Monday.

And they won the latest on home ice, defeating the Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 to take the series 4-2. 

It's expected the cup will make a return appearance in Winnipeg and be toured around by Toews, the Blackhawks' captain whose family still calls the city home.

Keith, who scored the Cup-clinching goal this year and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP, was born in the city but moved to Fort Frances, Ont., at age two, when his dad was transferred for work.

Sharp, who opened the scoring in Saturday's game, is also a Winnipeg native who moved with his family to Thunder Bay, Ont., at a young age.

With Monday's win, ​Toews became the first NHL captain since Wayne Gretzky to lead his team to three Stanley Cup victories by the age of 27.

"We never set out to do that. I think we just take it one year at a time," Toews told reporters after the victory.

"And like I said on day one, there's that belief that we can work our way towards being a championship team and you know we never stopped climbing."

One of the perks of winning the Stanley Cup is the opportunity for every player to spend at least 24 hours with the trophy, taking it wherever they want.

Toews brought it home after his team's Cup-winning seasons in 2010 and 2013.

In 2013, he toured it around south Winnipeg, including a stop at the community centre and arena where he grew up playing hockey in the St. Vital neighbourhood (it was renamed in his honour after Chicago's 2010 championship).

He also took it to visit kids at the Children's Hospital before celebrating privately with family in Lake of the Woods.

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