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Kings' Williams honored with parade in hometown

by Staff

One day after bringing the Stanley Cup to his offseason home in Ventnor, N.J., Justin Williams took the Stanley Cup home.

The Los Angeles Kings right wing, who won the Cup for the third time in his career when the Kings beat the New York Rangers in five games last month, was honored with a parade in his native Cobourg, Ontario on Saturday.

Williams was greeted by hundreds of fans who were hoping to catch a glimpse of their hometown hero with the Cup. Williams also had the Conn Smythe Trophy with him; he was named most valuable player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after scoring nine goals and 16 assists in 26 games. He also brought the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, which is awarded to the Western Conference champion.

"This is pretty overwhelming for me," Williams said to the crowd at Victoria Park, according to "Like most of you, I'm from Cobourg. I'm just doing the best I can with what I'm given.

"I know [Saturday's] not just for me, you want to see the trophies as well, but I feel like it's just for me. You don't get to this point in your hockey career without the support of your family. And they've been my biggest supporters from day one."

Williams received another honor when Cobourg mayor Gil Brocanier unveiled a sign that said, "Welcome to Cobourg, home of Stanley Cup champions Justin Williams and Steve Smith," the former NHL defenseman.

"There's really no limit to how hard you can work in your life, whether it be in the classroom on the field or in a hockey rink," Williams told the crowd. "You can do anything with your life and nobody has the right to tell you [that] you can't.

"Prove them wrong. You have to make a goal for yourself. And when you meet that, make another one because a goal without a plan is just a wish."

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