Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 2011, 12

Tomas Kaberle brought the Stanley Cup to the Kladno town square where they were greeted by hundreds of fans.
Tomas Kaberle brought the Stanley Cup to the Kladno town square where they were
greeted by hundreds of fans.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Although Tomas Kaberle played just 23 regular season games and 25 playoff contests with the Boston Bruins, and will suit up for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2011-12, he was a key member of the Stanley Cup championship and, like everyone else on the victorious team, earned his day with the Stanley Cup.

The Stanley Cup left Boston on Tuesday, July 19, and after a stop in Frankurt, Germany, landed in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. There to meet hockey's greatest prize was Kaberle, sporting an ear-to-ear smile that never left through the entire day, in spite of a day-long downpour.

Tomas Kaberle signing some autographs for fans at a the town hall of Velka Dobra
Tomas Kaberle signing some
autographs for fans at a the town hall of Velka Dobra in the Czech Republic while the Stanley Cup looks on.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Tomas and the Cup drove the 27 kms (17 miles) to Velka Dobra, a village of 1,000 residents in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. He marshalled the Stanley Cup into the town hall, and was greeted by media, friends, family and fans. Tomas pulled the Cup out of its case and was greeted by The Hello Piggy Band. Much to the amusement of all, he was presented with a sword and shield. Tomas was joined by Bruins' teammate, David Krejci, and the two signed photos for all in attendance, as well as standing for photos with the Cup.

Kaberle grew up playing hockey in Kladno, just 4 kms (2.5 miles) from Velka Dobra. He took the Cup there and was welcomed in the town square by hundreds of fans. After a brief reception, Kaberle and Krejci signed autographs for everyone, commenting specifically on those that had stood in the rain for a considerable amount of time to meet their local heroes.

An evening reception was held at 7:00PM at the Golf Klub Botanika, part of the Areal Botanika in the nearby town of Horni Bezdekov. The dinner featured about 150 friends and family, including Tomas's mother, father and brother Frantisek, who won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006.

Although it poured all day, the weather didn't dampen Tomas Kaberle's day of celebration with the Stanley Cup.

Tomas Kaberle and the Stanley Cup posing for a photo with some motorcycle enthusiasts.
Tomas Kaberle and the Stanley Cup posing for a
photo with some motorcycle enthusiasts.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
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The Stanley Cup Journal returns on Friday with David Krejci's day. We're outta here — Czech please!

Kevin Shea is the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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