Roughly a month and a half after hoisting the Stanley Cup in Tampa with the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals goaltender Darcy Kuemper got his day with the Stanley Cup back home in Saskatoon — and he made the most of it.
The 32-year-old netminder spent his day sharing his victory with the community while giving back.
To start the day, Kuemper and his wife, Sydney, made their way to Saskatchewan’s Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital with Lord Stanley. They visited patients and families, took photos and showed off the trophy.
(1/3) Lots of excitement at Saskatchewan's Jim Pattison Children's Hospital today, with Stanley Cup Champion Darcy Kuemper visiting families in hospital with the Cup in tow! pic.twitter.com/zOtVFO83Qf
— Jim Pattison Children's Hospital Foundation (@PattisonKids) August 5, 2022
After that, Kuemper stopped by the Saskatoon Police Service. There, he shared the Stanley Cup and moment with his father Brent, a sergeant on the police force. He also met with officers, first responders and local fans and players, and took photos and signed autographs with the Cup.
Sgt. Kuemper has an amazing family to be proud of, including a son who is a pretty decent goalie. Thanks for having Darcy share the cup with our SPS family! #greatyoungman #spsbluesmaybe pic.twitter.com/5CX5hzSrXY
— Chief Troy Cooper (@Cooper_Chief) August 5, 2022
Ultimately, it looked like a great day for Kuemper and the Cup. Not only did he celebrate the win back home, but he also gave back to his hometown at the same time.
Kuemper was instrumental in leading the Avalanche to victory. In 57 starts this season, Kuemper went 37-12-4 with a .921 save percentage and 2.54 GAA. He also overcame a severe eye injury early on in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs and started 16 games, going 10-4 with a .902 save percentage en route to the title.
The 6-5, 215-pound netminder signed with Washington on the opening day of free agency, inking a five-year, $26.25 million deal. Colorado brought in Alexandar Georgiev to replace him and work in tandem with Pavel Francouz.
Kuemper will be the Capitals’ go-to man in net going forward, with Charlie Lindgren backing up. Washington elected to bring in Kuemper and Lindgren to revamp the team’s goaltending. The tandem is replacing Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek, who both departed this offseason.