This morning, the Stanley Cup will get on a plane bound for Calgary, but it had quite a 48 hours in Grand Forks.
Kings defenseman Matt Greene and scout Tony Gasparini brought the Cup to town and gave it a good tour.
Destinations include the Manvel Legion, the GF Country Club, Judy’s Tavern, Red Pepper, CanadInn, Darcy’s Cafe, the Altru Family Medicine Center and Tavern United. The Herald had quite a bit of coverage on the events. Here’s a list:
Main story with quotes from a few people. “I think anybody who has been in town for at least one night has gone to the Red Pepper at 2 in the morning,” Greene said.
Sidebar story on Gasparini, who did not get his name on the Cup the first time the Kings won it, but will this time. He is believed to be the first native North Dakotan to have his name engraved on the Cup.
Our news department wrote a story on the public event for the fans. The Ralph said more fans showed up than they expected and estimated it between 5,000 and 6,000 people.
From the start, REA officials moved the line as fast as possible, but they weren’t going to be able to filter 5,000-plus in a three-hour span. So, at 2:25 p.m., they no longer allowed fans to take pictures with the Cup, but allowed them to see the Cup and take photos of it. Everyone got to do that.
Greene and Gasparini both seemed to enjoy their time with the Cup, and most of all, being able to share it with their friends and family during the 48 hours.
Matt Greene hoists the Cup at center ice in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Matt Greene stands with the Stanley Cup below Ralph Engelstad Arena’s mural of Greene hoisting the Cup.
Grand Forks’ most famous sports fans, Mark Kauk and Terry “Gretzky” Hajicek, pose with the sports world’s most famous trophy.
The line zig-zags in the lobby of Ralph Engelstad Arena as fans wait to see the Stanley Cup.
The line extends outside, curls around the Sitting Bull statue and extends all the way to Jimmy Johns.