When the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 2012, Brent McEwen, the team's amateur scout for Western Canada, brought the trophy to Saskatoon, the largest city in Saskatchewan. To celebrate the Kings' victory this June, McEwen brought the Cup to a much quainter location.
Wednesday, he hosted the Cup in Whitewood, Saskatchewan, his rural hometown of fewer than 1,000 people located in the southeastern region of the province. It was a far cry from Saskatoon, where McEwen worked for a decade at the University of Saskatchewan before becoming general manager of the Saskatoon Blades in the Western Hockey League.
"When I had it in Saskatoon, I had it at the university where I worked for a number of years. I thought if we ever won it again, I would really like to bring it back here when I grew up and my family still lives," McEwen told NHL.com. "It's really a great opportunity for people to get close to the Cup. That's what it's all about. Sharing it with people I grew up with in an area I grew up in. It's great."