Los Angeles Kings team captain Dustin Brown will bring Lord Stanley's Cup to his alma mater for a visit this Saturday morning. The Ithaca native and NHL star will be at Ithaca High School's Bredbenner Football Field from 9am-Noon on Saturday, July 28th, with the Stanley Cup.
Dustin Brown of the L.A. Kings. Photo by Burns!"Winning the Stanley Cup is a dream come true," Brown said in a press release. "I'm extremely excited to share this experience with the people and town of Ithaca, and raise money for a cause very close to me and my family."
Brown will be raising funds this weekend for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit fund that provides immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. armed forces and their family members. He is related by marriage to the late Corporal Christopher Bordoni, a U.S. Marine from Ithaca who died this spring of injuries he suffered in Afghanistan.
A limited number of photo opportunities with the Stanley Cup will be available for a suggested donation of $5 per person, per photo, and fans will be able to receive an autographed championship photo signed by Brown for a suggested donation of $5.
Brown will also be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win autographed mini replica Stanley Cups. Tickets will be available for $5 each or five for $20.
After Cpl. Bordoni's death in April, his family encouraged well-wishers to donate to the Semper Fi Fund. Donations may be made online or mailed to Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd., Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, California 92057.
It's not the Stanley Cup's first 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 graduate 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. He had 8 goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 20 NHL playoff games this spring.