FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- Matt Cullen started his time with the Stanley Cup Wednesday night on a road trip.
The three time Stanley Cup Champion picked up the trophy Wednesday night in Brainerd, Minnesota and brought it up to Moorhead to enjoy with his family before a busy day of community fun.
Two words that really matter to Cullen.
"We try to have fun with it and bring it to as many places and people as we can," Cullen said. "It's not really about me or taking advantage of my time it's more about bringing it to the community and the kids especially. Seeing the smiles on their faces it makes it worthwhile and it makes it fun."
The Cullen family started the fun by enjoying a breakfast of Fruit Loops and orange juice out of the cup before getting cleaned up and heading to Sanford Children's Hospital.
"I just hope [the kids] can smile and enjoy their time," Cullen said of the families at Sanford Children's Hospital. "Obviously it's not a fun thing to be up here with what they're going through. To be able to share this with them and try and bring a smile to their face. If we can do that, that's great."
The Cullen Children's Foundation donated $100 million dollars to create a playroom called Cully's Kids Cabin. The area is decked out with games and toys to help provide comfort and an escape for the children and families staying at Sanford.
"It's really cool. It's fun to be up here obviously having the room completed and the hospital all finished. It's nice to be up here and see the kids and try to bring a smile to their face," Matt said. "Obviously to bring the cup up here is extra special."
The walls are decorated with pictures of Matt Cullen hoisting the Stanley Cup and Thursday, they had the real thing.
"You try, if you can, to share it, and make an impact on somebody and brighten their day," Cullen said of sharing the Stanley Cup. "It's fun to see how people respond to the cup. It's such a special thing. Fun to see how they react, a lot of big smiles."
After sharing a few moments inside Cully's Kids Cabin, including filling the cup with donuts for everyone to enjoy, Matt and his wife Bridget took the cup room to room for more personal visits.
Joining Matt and Bridget all day are their three sons. The boys could be seen all morning playing with other children in the Cully's Kids Cabin, showing off their floor hockey skills.
"It's a big part of it for me, being able to share it with my own kids and the other kids. It's important for them to see some of that," Cullen said.
Following their time at Sanford, Cullen and the cup will head to Newman Outdoor Field where Cullen will throw out a ceremonial first pitch as the regular season RedHawks finale.
"It's special, obviously you never dream of having it this many times," Cullen said. "To be able to bring it home and share it here at the hospital and with the community that raised me is extra special."
The cup will be made available to the public from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Moorhead Dairy Queen.
As for the chance to bring the cup back a fourth time, as a Minnesota Wild, Cullen says that is absolutely the plan.
"That's the goal," Cullen said. "It would be pretty unbelievable to be able to do it at home in front of the home fans and hopefully help be a part of the team that can do it."