The actual Stanley Cup will make its way to the tiny southwestern town of Bird Island July 23 from 1-3 p.m. at the Broaster restaurant parking lot.
The Stanley Cup will be there because Washington Capitals head athletic trainer Jason Serbus is a Bird Island native. Capital’s defensemen Matt Niskanen played for the Virginia/Mountain Iron/Buhl high school team and then UMD before going on to play in the NHL, and he will be bringing the trophy to Virginia prior to it making its way to Bird Island.
Traditionally the players who are part of the championship team each get a day to take the trophy to any destination they choose.
The Capitals topped the cinderella Las Vegas Golden Knights for the franchise’s first ever Stanley Cup in early June.
The 42-year-old Serbus was in his first year as the head athletic trainer for the Caps after spending nine seasons with the Arizona Coyotes. He has served as athletic trainer for the USA Hockey U-17 team on four separate occasions and also for the U.S. men’s national team at the 2016 IIHF world championships in Russia.
He also worked for three seasons as assistant athletic trainer with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Serbus earned his degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a Masters degree in physical education with an emphasis in exercise physiology from the University of Northern Colorado.
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