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Doughty gets the party started early

Thursday, 08.23.2012 / 10:20 AM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / Summer with Stanley blog

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Doughty gets the party started early

LONDON, Ont. -- It's never too early to start a party with the Stanley Cup, and Drew Doughty proved that Thursday.

The Los Angeles Kings' defenseman rolled out of bed to greet the Cup outside his home. Also waiting for him was his grandfather, Edward, with a homemade jug of white wine with a Guelph Storm logo painted on the side of it.

Grandpa implored his grandson to drink from it, and he obliged. The entire family sipped from the Cup in Doughty's kitchen before bringing it poolside in the back yard for some more celebratory imbibing.

Doughty's family -- including his billet family from his junior days in Guelph -- posed for photos with the Cup.

The party is expected to last until about 11 a.m. The group will board a party bus -- no drinking and driving -- that will take everyone to Doughty's youth rink and a nearby golf course where fans can view the Cup.

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