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Blackhawks' Brookbank honored as small-town hero

Thursday, 08.29.2013 / 10:42 PM | NHL.com Staff

A small town welcomed a big visitor Thursday.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Sheldon Brookbank led a parade in his hometown of Lanigan, Saskatchewan during his time with the Stanley Cup.

"It really means a lot to know that there's people pulling for you back home and they've always been there," Brookbank told CJME Radio. "I can't say enough about this town, I just love it here."

Lanigan (population 1,400), located approximately 73 miles east of Saskatoon, unveiled a new sign honoring its hometown hero, who rode down Main Street in a red convertible displaying the most iconic trophy in sports.

"For Sheldon to bring the Stanley Cup here is a major event, probably a once-in-a-lifetime event for a small town, or for any town really," said Chris Wildeman, a youth hockey coach.

Brookbank also took the trophy on visits with the University of Saskatchewan women's volleyball team, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, according to the Twitter feed @keeperofthecup.

Lanigan also is the hometown of NHL players Bob Baun, Wade Brookbank and Brian Propp.

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