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.