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Broadcasting legend adds to Clifford's day with Cup

Wednesday, 08.22.2012 / 6:02 PM

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

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Broadcasting legend adds to Clifford's day with Cup

What started with a whirlwind tour around town ended with a surprise appearance from a broadcasting legend. It all came together during a day with the Stanley Cup for Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford.

It started at 9 a.m., when Clifford's family and friends were on hand for the Cup's arrival at his family home. After a festive breakfast that included some sips of orange juice from the Cup, Clifford's crew boarded a vintage 1950s-era fire truck for a trip around Ayr, Ontario.

Joined by some children who won a spot on the antique vehicle in a local contest, Clifford spent several hours making a number of stops, including at the grave site of his aunt who passed away during this past NHL season. Following quick stops at local businesses and at the family home of an old friend who had passed away, Clifford made the most iconic trophy in sports available to the public at the North Dumfries Community Complex.

With locals lining up all afternoon for a chance to be photographed with the Cup, there was one last surprise in store for the citizens of Ayr. A local resident, legendary broadcaster Jiggs McDonald, who served as the New York Islanders' play-by-play man for three consecutive Stanley Cup wins, made an appearance, livening up what was already an eventful day for the southwestern Ontario town.

Clifford had one last celebration scheduled in which 150 guests were expected to arrive at his family home.

The Stanley Cup will spend two days in London, Ontario with Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter before moving east past Toronto to Belleville for a day with Brad Richardson.

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