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Tomas Kaberle's bizarre Stanley Cup celebration

Some pictures don't require any explanation.

This one has veteran NHL defenceman Tomas Kaberle, wielding a sword and shield, flanked by middle-aged men in pink Hello Piggy overalls and... is that guy holding a keytar?

Okay, some explanation may be needed.

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This scene is from Kaberle's day with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Kladno, Czech Republic, yesterday and the photo comes by way of Czech publication iSport.cz.

The attached article, titled "The rain would not spoil the celebrations - Kaberle showed Stanley Cup," explained the situation a little bit. Here's a loose translation:

In the large ballroom to welcome him officially was the mayor. He then gave him a shield with the town coat of arms. "And as the modern defender must be able to even attack, here Tomas have a sword," he said.

NHL.com provided a little bit more information, including who the Hello Piggy fellows were:

After a brief stop to take some pictures with the Cup, Kaberle just entered Kladno for a stop at Velky Tanecni Sal, which appears to be a Knights of Columbus-type establishment, where hundreds of people are waiting for an opportunity to see their Stanley Cup Champion and local hero.

Upon entering the hall, Kaberle was greeted by a band called The Hello Piggy Band. Kaberle was brought on stage and received a sword and shield. He also presented the Stanley Cup to the crowd and received a real hero's welcome when he hoisted the trophy over his head.

And the Cup is just starting its summer tour, with every member of the Boston Bruins getting their day with the trophy.

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Nathan Horton had it on Sunday in Dunnville, Ont., before it left for Europe on Monday. Captain Zdeno Chara has rented a castle in his hometown of Trencin, Slovakia, for his day with the Cup.

It's expected back in Ontario early next week with Shawn Thornton, Rich Peverley, Greg Campbell, Dan Paille, Chris Kelly, Marc Savard and Tyler Seguin all set to hold their own celebrations.

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