The parade celebrating the Pittsburgh Penguins' second straight Stanley Cup was still raging on that hot afternoon in mid-June when Mike Sullivan decided it was time to up the ante.
Sure, becoming the first back-to-back Cup winners in nearly two decades is historic. Still, it's just two. Three straight? Well, that's something else entirely. And the man whose arrival in December 2015 coincided with Pittsburgh's ascendance back to the top of the NHL knew it.