Former CCHA Player of the Year Chris Kunitz, a member of the 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks, will bring the Stanley Cup to his alma mater Ferris State University on Monday, July 23.
Kunitz' visit to Big Rapids, and later in the day to his hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, is part of what has become a tradition for each member of the championship team to have a day with the Cup.
Two events with Kunitz and the Stanley Cup are open to the public.
The first takes place in Ferris' Ewigleben Ice Arena at 9:30 a.m. when Mayor Ed Burch will present Kunitz with a key to the city. Ferris President David Eisler, hockey coach Bob Daniels and several of Kunitz' former Bulldog teammates will also be on hand to make remarks. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and the first 500 fans through the doors will receive free T-shirts.
After the presentation from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. in the Wink Arena Lobby, Kunitz will sign autographs and pose for pictures for those willing to donate $5 to the American Cancer Society.
Kunitz made his Stanley Cup debut in game three in Ottawa, returning to the lineup following a seven-game absence after breaking his hand in the conference finals against the Detroit Red Wings. His playing time in game three was limited to just over one period due to an abdominal injury. Despite his injuries, the left winger started for the Ducks in the series finale. When Ottawa closed within 2-1 in the second period, Kunitz pressured defenseman Chris Phillips behind the Senators' net, causing Phillips to attempt a pass through the crease. The puck deflected off the skate of the Senators goaltender and into the net, creating a great momentum shift for the Ducks.
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