A host of hockey-loving youngsters from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area got the thrill of their lives when they got to spend a day with the Stanley Cup.
The children, members of the Rink Rats program run through the Herb Brooks Foundation, named for the late U.S. Olympic and NHL coach, were going through their paces at practice before being led to a locker room, where the Cup was waiting for them.
The program's mission, as outlined by Dan Brooks, Herb's son, is to benefit " kids in the inner city that never played the game before and probably would never play it in their life if it weren't for us."
This is the latest installment of Day with the Cup, presented by Discover. Previously, the Fort Drum Mountaineers, a hockey team consisting of military veterans, and Gerry Nelson, a blind hockey fan from Saskatoon who gets play-by-play of games from his 12-year-old son, Wyatt, were featured.