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The Stanley Cup spends the day with these “champion” Catholic high school students


As part of its victory tour with the Washington Capitols, the trophy made a stop at Maryland’s Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School

Since the Washington Capitals became champions of the National Hockey League, the Stanley Cup has been a frequent flyer, traveling the world with each player, continuing a tradition in which each victorious team member gets to show off their prize to the folks at home.

Over the summer, the trophy traveled to Russia, the Czech Republic, Canada (it spent a lot of time in Canada!), Denmark, Sweden, German and the American Midwest before returning to the nation’s capital.

On Tuesday, Capitals co-owner Raul Fernandez took the coveted prize to visit students from Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park, Maryland who he called “champions every day.”

Fernandez chose the school for a visit because he said, “there is no better place than a place where kids work so hard every day to show them how hard work pays off by bringing the cup here,” reported the Catholic Standard, Washington’s diocesan newspaper.

Founded in 2007 by the Archdiocese of Washington, the Salesians of Don Bosco and the Cristo Rey Network of schools, Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, serves college-bound students who otherwise would not be able to afford private school. The school combines a college prep curriculum with a work study program that helps students earn money towards their education.

The Catholic Standard reported:

For 10th grader Cody Johnson, who plays hockey, it was particularly exciting to get to touch the cup. He recalled how he was screaming at the top of his lungs as he watched the Capitals win the championship, and when it finally happened, he said he “couldn’t believe it.”

What he admires about the team, he said, is “how they can bounce back so easily after a loss” and how they “can keep their heads up and keep going.”

When Johnson made it to the front of the line of students, he wrapped his arms around the Stanley Cup in a big hug.

“I wish the players were here – I’d hug them too,” he said.

Read more about the Stanley Cup’s visit to Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School here.

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