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Former Flyers Coach John Stevens Brings Stanley Cup To Sea Isle City

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John Stevens with Stanley Cup in Sea Isle City.
John Stevens and the Stanley Cup in Sea Isle City (Photo from Philip Pritchard's Twitter feed)

Sea Isle City has become the 2023 summer home of great Philadelphia sports moments.

On June 28, Eagles All-Pro center Jason Kelce held what has become his annual bartending fundraiser for the Eagles Autism Foundation at the Ocean Drive.

On Monday, the Stanley Cup made the scene down the Jersey Shore.

Vegas Golden Knights assistant coach John Stevens had his day with the Stanley Cup and he brought the silver chalice to Sea Isle City, the bustling Shore town where he and his wife have a home.

The Stanley Cup was spotted being driven around town and it also made appearances at the local VFW and the Sea Isle City Post Office, where it apparently was loved and admired by all.

A Day With The Cup

Traditionally, players and coaches of the championship team get their “Day with the Cup.”

“The biggest thing when you win a Stanley Cup is you share it with so many other people,” Stevens told reporters. “The first time we won, we took it to Canada where I grew up.

“The second time we won it, we brought it here. The kids were young. This time we wanted to tone it back and just stay on the island and just enjoy it with family and friends … We spend our summers here, we have since ’09. It’s just a wonderful little beach town. It’s casual. I think everybody comes here like I do, to recharge the batteries.”

Stevens last brought the Cup to Sea Isle City in 2014 when he was an assistant coach for the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Stevens and the Kings also won the Cup in 2012.

For Stevens, 57, this past season was his third Cup victory. This was his first season with the Golden Knights.

Stevens was the Flyers’ head coach from 2006-10, going 120-109-34 in 263 games. He also was the head coach of the Phantoms from 2000-05, winning the Calder Cup in 2005.

Stevens, a defenseman, played nine games for the Flyers in the 1980s, and finished his playing career with a three-year stint with the Phantoms from 1996-99. He won the Calder Cup as a player in 1998.

“Anytime you can win as part of a team, I think is truly special,” Stevens said. “It takes a collective effort. It’s a tough trophy to win. A lot of great teams out there.

“You need everybody on board, from coaching staff right on down to the entire roster. We had that this year. Our team played great. It’s a great feeling to finish the year being better than everybody else. The biggest thrill for me is the ability to get the trophy and share it with people in the community. This is home for us. This is our offseason home and probably always will be.”

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