Stanley Cup comes to St. Lawrence County
BRASHER FALLS, New York (WWNY) - It’s one of the most famous trophies in all of sports: the Stanley Cup.
It was in Brasher Falls Wednesday because of Derek Lalonde, an assistant coach with Stanley Cup champions Tampa Bay Lightning. He was born and raised in Brasher Falls.
Wednesday was his chance to spend the day with the cup. He decided to share the experience with the community.
“I know what it would’ve meant to me as an 8-, 10-, 12-, 14-year-old playing hockey in this arena,” he said. “To be able to share that with people, this has just been awesome.”
And the community turned out. Some started lining up close to two hours early.
“It feels like Christmas today,” Lightning fan Allyson Mayville said. “Like, I feel like I’m going to start crying. I don’t even know the feelings. I woke up this morning and I was like ‘today’s the day.’”
Lalonde made a grand entrance on top of a Brasher Falls fire truck.
Fans were lined up outside the Tri-Town Arena to greet him, the same arena where Lalonde skated growing up. The line was literally out the door, across the parking lot, and around the corner.
The big turnout comes as no surprise to Lalonde.
“This is a hockey-crazy area, community,” he said. “They know their hockey, they love their hockey.”
Lalonde held a private party with the cup Wednesday afternoon before taking it to the arena. He had another public viewing at a local bar in the evening.
Lalonde had to turn the cup over to a Lightning player by midnight.
It was a day that moved quickly for Lalonde, but bringing the cup back home is a dream come true.
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