Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown is bringing Lord Stanley's Cup to his hometown for a visit this weekend. The Ithaca native and NHL star will be at the City of Ithaca's Cass Park rink from 9:30-11:30am on Saturday, July 6th, with the iconic hockey trophy.
Dustin Brown lets fans touch the Stanley Cup at Ithaca High School in 2012. 14850 Photo.Brown says he's requesting a $5 donation from those who'd like to take a photo of the Cup, and he'll be raffling off a signed jersey, hat, canvases, and a chance to meet him and have a photo taken with him and the cup. Proceeds will be donated to the Ithaca YMCA playground project and to restoring Cass Park Rink, where Brown played as an IHS student.
"Winning the Stanley Cup is a dream come true," Brown said the last time he headed to Ithaca with the Stanley Cup, when the Kings also won the NHL championship in 2012. "I'm extremely excited to share this experience with the people and town of Ithaca."
When the line was too long for many who hoped to see the Stanley Cup at Ithaca High School's Bredbenner Football Field two years ago to get in, Brown stayed long past the event's published end time, and then walked the trophy along the line so everyone else had a chance to touch it, if just for an instant.
It will be the Cup's fourth visit to Ithaca. Cornell University hockey alum Joe Nieuwendyk is one of just ten players in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup with three different teams, most recently with the New Jersey Devils in 2003. Each player on the team that wins the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs gets the Cup for a day, often bringing the 35-pound silver trophy to their hometown or a favorite vacation spot.
Brown is an Ithaca High School alum who tallied 70 points in just two seasons with the Little Red. A strong forward, he totaled 204 points in three seasons with the Guelph Storm in Ontario before being signed by the Los Angeles Kings. Brown played with Team USA in the 2004 and 2008 World Championships, and was named to the U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team in 2010 and 2014. He had 6 goals and 8 assists for 14 points in 22 NHL playoff games this spring, after posting two goals and an assist in six games at this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi.