Now the entire city of Pittsburgh, and Penguins fans all across the globe, are ready to throw the celebration of a lifetime.
Marc-Andre Fleury knew this day was coming, though the winningest goaltender in Pittsburgh Penguins history did his best to push the idea of his inevitable departure to the back of his mind.
In 2014, after the Kings made it to their second Stanley Cup Final in three years, the All-Star defenseman said things had changed "drastically" for him and his teammates. I said a little something a year ago and saying if we could do this again ...
Sidney Crosby raises the Stanley Cup on the Boulevard of the Allies in Pittsburgh, in front of a parking garage packed with jubilant fans, on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, during the Pittsburgh Penguins' victory parade and rally.
As far as the eye could see, there was black and gold in the Steel City as Pens fans basked in the sun and the glory of becoming back-to-back Stanley Cup champions.
When the Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Crosby hoisted the famous Cup for a third time. No team has raised the Cup three straight years since the New York Islanders did it four years running from 1980-83, long before the salary cap came around to make any sort of sustained excellence hard and fleeting.
"If we're somewhere else, it's on the radio".
So too is the chance at becoming a true dynasty.
Phil Kessel an American hero, signing a baby... Evgeni Malkin led the team with 77 penalty minutes.
One highlight that did not make that clip was Cullen's kids helping turning Hainsey's blue jeans into what was nearly certainly an awkward pair of jean shorts. Sestito will be an unrestricted free agent July 1.
With a No. 1 goalie who is only 23 years old and already has two championships under his belt, Pittsburgh should be a Cup contender for many, many years.
For all the Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal, Hart Trophy, Art Ross Trophy and Rocket Richard Trophies that fill up Crosby's cabinet, fans continue to dislike the Canadian star. Their franchise cornerstone will take a brief breather this summer, maybe go fishing back home in Nova Scotia and then start pointing toward next season.