At least 1500 hockey fans stood in the rain at Ithaca High School as they waited to have their chance to see the Stanley Cup and meet LA Kings captain and NHL Champion Dustin Brown on Saturday morning.
Brown, an Ithaca native, guided his team to a thrilling Stanley Cup Final victory in June over the New Jersey Devils, and chose to let his fans enjoy his "day with the cup" with the man they've cheered on for so long. (Each member of the team that wins the Stanley Cup gets 24 hours with the trophy, a hockey tradition.)
Brown also included a good cause, the Semper Fi fund, in honor of fallen Marine and Ithaca native Christopher Bordoni. With all donations going to the cause, Brown's effort to include that charity made a lot of fans happy.
"It's great that he's using the Cup and what's happened for him to raise money for that charity," says Ray Wilmer, who brought his young boys to see the Cup this afternoon.
Brown stayed humble throughout the day, saying that everyone in attendance was there to see the iconic Stanley Cup, and not necessarily himself. But, he was appreciative and happy that he could share his day with his biggest fans.
"That's the cool part about it," he says. "I mean I'm going to be able to share it with my close friends and family over the rest of the day, but there's a lot of people here that I won't be able to see the rest of the day, that I grew up with, or went to school with, or that taught me so it's cool that I get to see those people, in a sense that, I know they've been following me my whole career."