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Cup spends first of two days in Brandon

Monday, 07.16.2012 / 5:28 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer / Summer with Stanley blog

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Cup spends first of two days in Brandon

After spending much of the last week moving around the East Coast, the Stanley Cup made a stop in Canada's heartland Monday, where it was scheduled to spend two days in Brandon, Manitoba. With two Kings staff members hailing from Brandon, the Cup gets to enjoy an extended stay in town.

On its first day in Manitoba's second-largest city, the Cup officially belonged to Kings head equipment manager Darren Granger, who was born and raised in Brandon before playing junior hockey for the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings and eventually serving as the team's trainer for five years before moving on to the NHL.

After enjoying some private time with the Cup in the morning, Granger arrived at the Wheat Kings' home arena, the Keystone Center, around 10 a.m., when he brought the iconic chalice into the team's locker room so Wheat Kings players and staff could spend some time with the most heralded trophy in sports.

From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Cup sat at a public event where locals were able to pose for photographs, with all proceeds going to area charities, including Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the United Way.

After the event, Granger was able to spend the remainder of the day with the Cup before handing it off Tuesday to Kings assistant general manager Ron Hextall, who also was born in Brandon and played three seasons with the Wheat Kings. Hextall was present at the event at the Keystone Centre, which included an appearance by the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, which was awarded to the Kings when they beat the Phoenix Coyotes in the Western Conference Finals.

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It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun.

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