Lord Stanley returns to campus


Photo by Alex Grubbs | The Globe

Fans line the streets of Pittsburgh during the Stanley Cup Parade on Wednesday June 14.

Written By Alex Grubbs, Staff Writer

The Pittsburgh Penguins celebrated its fifth Stanley Cup win with a parade through Downtown featuring the sports team on Wednesday, June 14.

“Back-to-back” and “Let’s go, Pens!” roared through the city as the Penguins players and management, local organizations and high school bands made their way from Grant Street through the Boulevard of the Allies and ending at Point State Park.

The parade followed the team’s victory against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in game six after Patric Hornqvist and Carl Hagelin scored the only two goals during the last 95 seconds of the game on Sunday, June 11.

Brittany Bishop, a senior sports, arts and entertainment management major, attended the event as Point Park’s social media intern, documenting the parade moving through the university’s campus.

“The parade was an amazing experience that not every hockey fan gets to experience, and having [the parade] pass through our campus is really unique.” Bishop said.

The city of Pittsburgh estimated that 650,000 people came out to celebrate the back-to-back win, per a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article.

This was a significant increase since the 2016 Stanley Cup Parade which about 350,000 attended.

At Point State Park, the team addressed the crowd about the achievements of this season.

“What can we say about this group of hockey players here?” Coach Mike Sullivan asked the crowd. “I just think there isn’t a group I’ve been around that knows how to win like these guys.”

Captain Sidney Crosby also had some words for the crowd during the event.

“[The victory] was truly a team effort,” Crosby said. “I’m so proud to be part of this group. It’s obviously special to go back-to-back.”

This is the first team to win the Stanley Cup for two consecutive years in the salary-cap era, as the Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks in 2016.

The first regular season game for the Penguins will kick off on Wednesday, Oct. 4 against the St. Louis Blues at PPG Paints Arena at 8 p.m.