Professional sports have taken over the North American continent and celebration parades have followed suit.
At their parade one year ago coach Mike Sullivan ended his speech by saying "let's do this again next year".
Pittsburgh has done it by investing heavily in their core group and finding the right complement of players and staff around Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang to make it work. But making kids feel like this has got to be a pretty close second. Lemieux was found to be in the early stages of the disease after a large lymph node was removed from his neck, according to a statement issued by the Pittsburgh Penguins and approved by team physician Charles Burke.
Although Vegas reportedly has interest in the two-time All-Star, Fleury's no-movement clause allows him to be traded to 18 teams, according to multiple reports, so the Penguins have options. It's no wonder the Penguins executives continue to call him the best teammate in hockey.
Love him or hate him, you can not discredit Crosby's accomplishments on the ice and the leader he has been, plus the dynasty he has built in Pittsburgh now capturing Pittsburgh's 3rd Stanley Cup win in nine years. Fleury holds almost every goaltending record in Pittsburgh franchise history and is a crowd favorite.
While everyone expected the Penguins to trade Marc-Andre Fleury, whose time with the team appears to be coming to an end, Rutherford chose to hold onto him.
For the second year in a row, the Penguins rode through the streets of downtown Pittsburgh and waved to thousands and thousands of fans who came out to celebrate the Stanley Cup winners. "We've got a unique base". Wholey's Fish Market took it upon themselves to house a 40 pound catfish that was caught by a local customer in order to keep it safe.
Karla and Don Donahue drove 30 miles from Freeport to claim their seats in Point State Park at 2:30 a.m.
Pittsburgh Penguins fans wait for the start of the Penguins' NHL hockey Stanley Cup victory parade in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 14, 2017. They became the first team to repeat as champions since the Detroit Red Wings did it in 1997 and 1998. The parade will run along Grant Street and Boulevard of the Allies as it did a year ago.