Darcy Kuemper signed a five-year contract with the Washington Capitals as a free agent in July, but he still had one thing left to do as a de facto member of the Colorado Avalanche this summer.
Kuemper had his day with the Stanley Cup on Friday. One of Kuemper’s saves was bringing the NHL Championship trophy to Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The gesture brought a lot of happiness to patients and staff.
“Patients, families and staff were surprised to see Darcy and the Stanley Cup arrive at their doorstep this morning for autographs and photos with the Cup! the hospital wrote on his Instagram account. “We are so grateful for special moments like this that can help bring smiles to the faces of Saskatchewan children receiving hospital care. A heartfelt THANK YOU to Darcy and his wife, Sydney, for thinking of the children and families of JPCH and creating memories that will last a lifetime!”
The hospital also posted a TikTok that recaps Darcy’s time there, including some patient interactions.
“I like it!” said an excited patient.
“Yeah, that’s kinda cute,” replies a proud Kuemper.
Other guests can be seen viewing the engravings. The NHL affixed the Avalanche engraving to the Cup before the players’ era with the trophy, a change from years past.
Kuemper also took the Stanley Cup to the Saskatoon police station where his father works.
“It brought a tear. He did it,” Brent said of his son’s gesture to Kevin Mitchell of The Timmins Press.
“I never thought he would play in the NHL,” added Brent. “I was always happy with every step he took. I was happy when he played AAA hockey and then when he got drafted into the WHL. You never think they’ll keep jumping, and he has just kept going and going. He got drafted into the NHL, and I didn’t know if he would play there, and now he’s here with the Cup.
The Kuemper family took a photo together there, including Kuemper’s parents (Sharon and Brent), wife (Sydney) and siblings (Brent and Nicole).
Kuemper also made sure to get a photo of the Cup with his dog Rogie at home to start the day.
— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) August 6, 2022
Kuemper will report to the Capitals in September for his first training camp with the team. Kuemper’s likely replacement will be Charlie Lindgren.
Title photo shared courtesy of @pattisonchildrens