LOWELL, Mass. — Travel considerations and family concerns caused Dennis Seidenberg to decide to keep his day with the Stanley Cup in the U.S. instead of his native Germany.
But the Bruins defenseman’s homeland could still have a chance to receive a visit from the most famous trophy in sports.
“Like I’ve said before, I should’ve taken it. It’s never been before,” said Seidenberg earlier this week at Milan Lucic’s charity softball game. “But there’s always the chance to do it a second time and we’ll definitely try again.”
Seidenberg’s wife is pregnant with the couple’s third child. And had they ventured across the Atlantic, it would’ve been Seidenberg’s first trip back in five years. The ensuing celebration and visiting with family would’ve taken too much of a toll.
So Seidenberg’s wife’s home state of New Jersey reaped the rewards of the decision, as the veteran blueliner partied with the Cup in Atlantic City. The event was split between one night of partying and one day of quiet relaxation.
Seidenberg needed plenty of relaxation after logging career-high minutes en route to the Bruins’ first Cup championship in 39 years. With just a few weeks before the start of training camp, Seidenberg says he’s not really feeling the toll of all those minutes played.
“I feel really good. I’ve been relaxing quite a bit, working out pretty good, so I feel really good where I’m at right now and ready to go,” he said.
Not only did Seidenberg log a lot of minutes and emerge as one half of the best shutdown defense pair in the Stanley Cup playoffs (along with Zdeno Chara), he also became a household name in New England and one of the Bruins’ most popular players. The newfound notoriety doesn’t bother the soft-spoken Seidenberg.
“I wouldn’t say it’s tough. There’s definitely people that recognize me a little bit more, he admitted. “But it’s not uncomfortable. It’s nice. We’ve done something great and it’s nice that people recognize it. I’m sure it’ll go the other way if we have a bad stretch of games [laughs]. But it’s fun. We had good success and we’ll just try to ride it out as best as possible.”
That ride will pick up when the Bruins begin their title defense. If the Bruins are going to repeat and give Seidenberg that chance to bring the Cup to Germany, they’re going to have to be prepared for opponents playing their absolute best every night.
“Teams always play their best against the champion,” said Seidenberg. “And everybody knows in the locker room and is definitely ready for the challenge. And I think it can only help us and make it better in the long run.”