Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw received a warm welcome when he carried the Stanley Cup into Memorial Arena in Belleville, Ontario, on Thursday during his day with the hockey's biggest prize. It was one highlight of a memorable day for Shaw, who turns 22 Saturday.
Belleville mayor Neil Ellis went as far as to announce to those in attendance that Shaw had put the city "on the map again."
According to The Belleville Intelligencer, Shaw, a native of Belleville, was given a commemorative plaque and an original seat from Memorial Arena.
"It's great to be able to bring the Cup back to the place where I first started my hockey career," Shaw told the crowd. "And it's great to come back to the community that has supported me my entire hockey career. I want to thank you very much for that."
Shaw, who had five goals and nine points during the Stanley Cup Playoffs to help the Blackhawks to their second Cup in four seasons, spent many years inside Memorial Arena as a member of the Quinte Red Devils Minor Midget AAA team.