The Best Stanley Cup Visit You'll Ever See
Danny Kroll, the Pens' equipment manager, brought the cup to a 6-year-old girl battling leukemia.
Beyond words the happiness Pens equipment man Danny Kroll brought to our family today -- particularly daughter Darran who has leukemia. pic.twitter.com/L7LFtkWOhg— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) June 17, 2017
Fan Morning Show host Colin Dunlap and Pittsburgh Penguins equipment manager Danny Kroll have known each other since Dunlap covered the Pirates while Kroll was the team's bat boy from 2000 to 2006. It's safe to say their friendship is stronger than ever.
Saturday was Kroll's day with the Stanley Cup, and his first order of business was to deliver it to Dunlap's home and his Penguins-obsessed 6-year old daughter, Darran, who is battling leukemia.
I haven't cried much through Darran's cancer. When they surprised our 6yo, hockey and Pens crazy daughter with a Stanley Cup visit, I did. pic.twitter.com/E2nYSo1FF2— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) June 17, 2017
“I haven't cried much through Darran's cancer. When they surprised our 6yo, hockey and Pens crazy daughter with a Stanley Cup visit, I did,” Dunlap wrote on Twitter.
Obviously, Darran and her twin brother, Declan, were delighted. Dunlap and his wife, Raina, were in awe of Kroll's thoughtful gesture.
"For a guy of that age, who doesn’t have kids, to think of a little kid with cancer, it just punches you right in the face how great of a guy Danny Kroll is," Colin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
When Darran was unable to lift the cup, which weighs 34-and-a-half pounds, Kroll stepped up again.
"He just looked at her and said, 'You’re going to be that strong someday,'" Colin told the PG. “It was just so symbolic of the moment."
After his visit with the Dunlaps, Kroll took the Cup to his two favorite pizza joints and his favorite bar then finished with a party at his in-laws Saturday night. He said he never thought twice about starting the day with Darran.
"It’s obvious what a tremendous fan she is," Kroll told the PG. "She’s had a lot of hard in her life. No one deserves that, especially a young little girl. To be able to walk into her house with a trophy and put a smile on her face, the decision was a no-brainer."