Madison Bowey brought the Stanley Cup back to his hockey hometown Saturday.
The Washington Capitals defenseman took the trophy to his birthplace, Winnipeg, and visited the Varsity View Community Centre, where he played for the Varsity View Falcons youth team.
Hundreds of fans turned out to pose for pictures with Bowey and the Cup outside the rink, where he was presented with an honorary No. 22 Falcons jersey.
"Playing minor hockey here, especially right behind us here in this rink, I think that's where you truly love the game," Bowey told Global News, "and I think I had to come back and show that support and show that love and how appreciative I am to this community."
The 23-year-old, who won the Cup as an NHL rookie, said he hoped to inspire kids to pursue their hockey dreams just like he did.
"I think if I can just come back and help out the community as much as I can, it goes a long way," he said.
Bowey ate his grandmother's borscht out the of the Cup and brought the trophy to Children's Hospital.
"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for where I started off when I was younger and I think I owe it all to my parents, all to my coaches I had growing up," Bowey told City News. "I was hoping to be in this spot as a kid and to finally get here this year is truly special."