Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel played 10 years in the NHL before getting his first chance to hoist the Stanley Cup. When you throw in all of the years that led up to his even making the NHL, there are a lot of people that play a role in one's march to greater success.
The best part about reaching the pinnacle of your field and particularly winning a championship, is that you get to share that with all of the people that helped you get there. Take for instance Kessel's Stanley Cup party. He was able to get the Cup both in his hometown of Madison, Wis., and also Toronto.
Many of his family members were along for the ride, including his grandmother. And how could you possibly pass up the opportunity to give your grandmother a taste of champagne out of one of the most famous trophies in all of sports? Well, you can't. So they didn't.
Here's "Granny Kessel" taking a few pulls from Lord Stanley's mug:
Everyone got in on the act, including Kessel's sister and U.S. Olympic hockey player, Amanda Kessel.
Amanda will be hoping to drink from her own championship cup next spring as she recently signed with the New York Riveters of the National Women's Hockey League, in which teams compete for the Isobel Cup. There's a chance drinking out of comically large chalices becomes a regular occurrence for the Kessel clan.
When you come from a hockey family like Kessel did, days like this have to be extra special because you know a lot of these people were coming out to his games and sitting in cold rinks as he was growing up. It looks like they all had a great time with it.