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It was a day for celebration in London on Thursday (Aug. 23) as two of its native sons, Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter, returned to the Forest City like conquering heroes with the holy grail of hockey in Canada — the Stanley Cup.
Fêted at London City Hall by Mayor Joe Fontana and members of city council, the pair were then carried through the streets of downtown atop the London Police Department’s RG12 Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) to a public gathering at the John Labatt Centre. It was there the duo spoke briefly to the hundreds of fans in attendance before posing with Lord Stanley’s mug for pictures at centre ice.
Talking to the media afterwards at the John Labatt Centre (JLC), Carter said that he was proud of being able to share this day with his home-town hockey fans and the City of London. “Obviously it’s something pretty special,” he remarked. Getting the chance to bring the cup home and spending time with it in the company of friends and family was an opportunity he simply described, “pretty cool.”
Dino DiMurro and his son Maurizio were two of those that made the trip downtown to see the two Kings players and the cup.
Stopping first in for the gathering at city hall before heading over to the JLC, eight-year old Maurzio thought getting a chance to see the Stanley Cup up close like this was “pretty good.”
Noting his favourite team was in fact the Montreal Canadiens, the young hockey fan nonetheless admitted that Los Angeles was OK too.
“It’s great to see the cup return here to London,” said Dino. “(We’re all) pretty proud for Drew, Jeff and all the other guys, it’s just great.”
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