'Humboldt deserves this': Chandler Stephenson bringing Stanley Cup to Humboldt

Ever since victory was in striking distance for the Washington Capitals, Chandler Stephenson has had one wish: to bring the Stanley Cup to Humboldt, Sask.

Saskatoon forward part of Washington Capitals' victory Thursday night

Washington Capitals forward Chandler Stephenson (18) contends with Vegas Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin during the third period in Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup final, June 2, in Washington, D.C. (Pablo Martinez/Associated Press)

Ever since victory was in striking distance for the Washington Capitals, Chandler Stephenson has had one wish: to bring the Stanley Cup to Humboldt, Sask.

Now, after a 4-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights, it appears Stephenson will get his chance.

"I knew a couple of guys on the bus," he told reporters after Thursday's game. "It's one of those things I want to do for those guys and the people of Humboldt."

Sixteen people were killed in April when the bus carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team crashed. Ever since, the community has received a wave of support from well-wishers trying to help the community heal.

Stephenson's mother, Bev, said she's not surprised at her son's actions.

"I couldn't be more proud of him to be doing that," she told CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning. "Humboldt deserves this. They need this."

Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench said Humboldt will be forever grateful for all the kind gestures given by the wider community.

"I think this really shows the connection of the hockey community in our province," he said. "Our community really appreciates the kind gesture that Chandler has shown by bringing the cup to our city."

Saskatoon-born Washington Capitals star Chandler Stephenson is bringing the Stanley Cup to Humboldt. 0:14

Traditionally, each player of a team that wins the Stanley Cup is allowed to take the trophy back to his community for one day.

The date for the Stanley Cup's visit to Humboldt has not been set.