When you look at the Pittsburgh Penguins' defense, you see a pretty young group overall. Led by Kris Letang, there's then Trevor Daley. Ian Cole falls in line as the next old man of the group, and then, surprisingly enough, it's Justin Schultz. He's been around the league for a while, but he's still relatively new to the Penguins, only having just come in at the trade deadline.
Well, he may have come in at the deadline, but he still ended up playing 15 games in the Stanley Cup playoffs, collecting four assists along the way. And he may have been heavily sheltered, but when injuries struck the Penguins, he was someone to turn to.
And after spending four seasons playing for Edmonton, all without so much as a sniff of the playoffs... well, wouldn't you live up your day with the Cup, too?
Justin Schultz couldn't wait to get #StanleyCup out of its case (Kelowna, BC) @penguins @NHL @HockeyHallFame pic.twitter.com/KtChMcnbk0— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) July 28, 2016
Justin's two loves - hockey & golf (Kelowna, BC) #stanleycup @penguins @NHL @HockeyHallFame pic.twitter.com/LW8ms2M1zp— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) July 29, 2016
(Oh yeah, he's had a lot of time to work on his golf game.)
Justin Schultz - Reaping the rewards with his buddies! (Kelowna, BC) #stanleycup @penguins @NHL @HockeyHallFame pic.twitter.com/aloPV1gFih— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) July 29, 2016
(I think this is the most bro picture of the summer so far and I LOVE it.)
The end of an unforgettable day for Justin Schultz (Kelowna, BC) #stanleycup @penguins @NHL @HockeyHallFame pic.twitter.com/MSeiOWFrzD— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) July 29, 2016
Aw, look at him - he's hugging it like he never wants to let go. Now he's just gotta do the same thing next year!