The Stanley Cup Comes to My Hometown!!

Stephanie LewarkCorrespondent IJuly 11, 2009

DETROIT - JUNE 12: Head trainer Dana Heinze of the Pittsburgh Penguins holds the Stanley Cup following the Penguins victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game Seven of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Dana Heinze, equipment manager for the Pittsburgh Penguins, is a Johnstown boy - born and bred which is the one thing I have in common with him (that and the LOVE of the Pittsburgh Penguins) and what gives the Penguins ties to Johnstown!!

Yesterday was Dana's day with the Cup which he chose to bring home to Johnstown to his parents' house in Westmont.

Heinze, a Pittsburgh resident, said he brought the Cup to Johnstown on Friday to share it with the people who supported his efforts in hockey and with the community.

“I think it’s exciting to see how the Cup has touched so many people just by being Penguins’ fans,” he said, watching fans have their photographs taken with the Cup.

Unfortunately, John and I were not part of the 1,000 people attending this private friends / family party at the Heinze household and my husband's and my hopes of seeing the real Stanley Cup this summer have now been crushed since we were expecting it would be at the local War Memorial Arena like it was when Heinze was part of the 2004 TB Lightening Championship team; instead, we are proud to be able to say that someone from Johnstown was part of the 2009 Stanley Cup Championship team and would like to think we can share that with him.

To read the entire article, VISIT THE JOHNSTOWN TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT.