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Cullen unveils plans for Stanley Cup stop in Fargo-Moorhead

Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen (7) hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Nashville Predators in game six of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on June 11, 2017. Christopher Hanewinckel / USA TODAY Sports

MOORHEAD, Minn. — It was a ridiculous question to ask, after former Moorhead Spuds hockey standout and current Minnesota Wild center Matt Cullen said he was bringing the Stanley Cup to the downtown Moorhead Dairy Queen on Aug. 31.

Are you going to fill it with ice cream?

"I mean, you have to, don't you?" Cullen said. "Yeah, we'll plan on doing that for sure."

Cullen has fond memories of going to that very same Dairy Queen after baseball games on hot summer days. He'll do the same thing on Aug. 31, as he'll first bring the Stanley Cup to the pitching mound at Newman Outdoor Field to throw out the first pitch before the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks' 12:30 p.m. game before heading to the Dairy Queen.

"It's right in the middle of Moorhead, and it's kind of been an icon in Moorhead for a long time," Cullen said. "It just kind of worked out to where it's convenient for everybody and it'll be a fun time. It should just be really cool. It'll be fun."

The Stanley Cup, which Cullen won while with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, will be available to the public from 1:30-4 p.m. at the Dairy Queen for pictures with it and Cullen.

After Dairy Queen, the Stanley Cup will head to a private family party with the Cullens.

"It's always fun to see everybody's face, and obviously at the DQ it will be a fun atmosphere," Cullen said. "I have a lot of good memories there as a kid, and we get there every once in awhile with our kids, so it'll be fun to have the Cup there right down in the middle of Moorhead. I think a lot of people have a lot of good memories there. It's a good fit."

Now that the schedule has been decided, Cullen has another difficult decision. Part of purchases of Cullen's favorite Dairy Queen treat on Aug. 31 will go toward his Cully's Kids foundation, which supports children's healthcare. He hasn't decided what his favorite treat is yet.

Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy is a sports reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school and college sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota since 2009 and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so.

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