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Carter Rowney bringing Stanley Cup home Saturday

Carter Rowney will be getting a grand welcome home on Saturday.

The former UND forward, who won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins last month, will have the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Sexsmith, Alta., Saturday for a parade and a celebration.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. at the town’s hockey arena. After traveling roughly 12 blocks, it will end in the same spot.

Fans will have a limited amount of time to take photos with the Stanley Cup after the parade.

Each player on the Stanley Cup-winning team gets one day with hockey’s greatest prize.

Rowney grew up in Sexsmith, a northern Alberta town of about 2,500 people. He played his junior hockey in Grande Prairie, before coming to Grand Forks to play for UND.

During his four seasons at UND, Rowney played 150 games, scoring 32 goals and tallying 73 points.

Rowney played three-and-a-half seasons in the minor leagues -- both in the ECHL and the American Hockey League -- before getting his first call-up to the NHL in late January.

Rowney was a regular in the playoffs for the Penguins, suiting up in every game in the Eastern Conference Final and the Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators.

Pittsburgh won the final in six games.

A UND player has now won the Stanley Cup six times since 2010. Jonathan Toews won it in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Matt Greene won it in 2012 and 2014.

Greene brought the Cup to Grand Forks when he won it the second time.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 12th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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