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Walter Neubrand (born Toronto, Ontario) is one of three men, called the Keepers of the Cup, currently in charge of keeping and maintaining the Stanley Cup during its many trips around the world.

Early life

Walt was born in Toronto, Ontario, in June 1969, where he grew up as an avid hockey fan. He learned how to play the sport on the frozen Credit River during his childhood. Walt also enjoyed playing baseball as a child, but always remained a hockey fan first and foremost. After finishing high school, he went on to study at the University of Waterloomarker where he received an honours degree in Environmental Studies. In 1995, he graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto.

Hockey Hall of Fame

After graduating from university, Walter got a job working for the Hockey Hall of Famemarker in 1995, where he started out working as a guest services associate. In 1997, however, Walt got to work with the Stanley Cup for the first time when he was asked to help accompany the Cup to Scotty Bowman's home in New Yorkmarker after his team, the Detroit Red Wings, had won the 1997 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Aside from a brief absence in 2000, he has been a Keeper of the Cup ever since.

In 1999, Walt would accompany the cup to Tampa Baymarker, where the 1999 NHL All-Star Game was taking place. It was here where he met his wife Laura for the first time, and they later married in South Lyon, Michigan, on August 23, 2003.

The year 2000 saw Walt leave the Hockey Hall of Fame to become a police officer with the Peel Regional Police. He would go on to graduate from the academy he attended, but realized soon after that being a police officer wasn't the right career choice for him, and promptly returned to his former position.

Currently, Walt is one of three Keepers of the Cup (the other two being Phil Pritchard and Norm Blot), who share the duties of the Keeper on a rotational basis.

During his time off, Walt teaches Grade 6 in Mississauga at Bristol Road Middle School, and has been teaching with the Peel Board since 2002. Neubrand is an avid Simpsons fan, enjoys camping in Algonquin Park, and is currently living in Hamilton with his wife of six years. They have a 2 year old daughter named Brooke with another baby on the way. He is major fan of Toronto Maple Leafs fan and hates the Montreal Canadiens.


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