The weekly farmer's market in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, was forced to move this week from Friday to Wednesday, but area vendors shouldn't be too inconvenienced by the switch. It's all part of the day-long festivities welcoming Los Angeles Kings forward Colin Fraser and his special guest, the Stanley Cup.
It's not Fraser's first day with the Cup. After winning it for the first time with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, he brought the iconic trophy to his parents' home in Surrey, B.C. It was there he enjoyed a game of ball hockey with some old friends before being escorted by Royal Canadian Mounted Police to an official reception at Central City Plaza.
For his day with the Cup this time, Fraser made a grand entrance in Sylvan Lake, the home of his in-laws. Around noon Wednesday, Fraser brought the Cup to the local pier by boat, again with an RCMP escort. From there, he was scheduled to march with the Cup and a group of youth hockey players to Main Street, where a city-wide block party and farmers market was stationed involving 48 local vendors.
Following a reception at the end of Main Street, the Cup was made available for residents of Sylvan Lake, located about 30 minutes west of Red Deer, where Fraser starred as captain of the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League.
After enjoying some private time in the evening with Fraser and his family, the Cup is expected to get back on the road Thursday, when it will be delivered to Kings coach Darryl Sutter. After receiving the Cup in Red Deer, Sutter is expected to celebrate with it on his farm in Viking.
The Sutters aren't the only prolific hockey family to welcome the Cup this week. Before arriving in Sylvan Lake, the Stanley Cup spent a day with Kings assistant general manager Ron Hextall on his farm in Clear Lake, Manitoba. While the Sutters boast six brothers who played simultaneously in the NHL, Hextall is the third generation of his family to play pro hockey. His grandfather is Hockey Hall of Fame member Bryan Hextall Sr.; his father, Bryan Hextall Jr., and his uncle, Dennis Hextall, also played in the NHL.