Thousands lined up in Ithaca to greet hometown hero Dustin Brown, as he and Lord Stanley's Cup arrived in town.
Ithaca is the first stop for the Stanley Cup this summer. Brown, the Captain of the champion Los Angeles Kings, was first on the roster to bring the coveted cup to his hometown. Fans got to take a picture with the cup for a donation of $5. The money was given to efforts to restore Cass Park Rink, which he played on growing up, and to the Ithaca YMCA playground project.
As for seeing all of his fans up close, Brown said bringing the Stanley Cup home was paying them back for their support.
"Part of the reason I do this is that there's a lot of people out there that have supported me in various ways," Brown said. "This is trying to give back a little bit. It's always cool to see how excited the kids get, it's pretty unique for everyone. When you win two Stanley Cups and bring it back, it kind of draws excitement to hockey again, maybe if there's a kid in line today that wasn't a hockey fan before but is now, that's what it's all about."
It's not Brown's first time bringing the trophy to Ithaca: the first came back in 2012 , when he won his first NHL title with the Kings.