Stan­ley Cup party plans

Pa­rade starts at noon and ends at Mur­ray Har­bour Com­mu­nity Cen­tre

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JASON MAL­LOY

Brad Richards will pa­rade through the heart of Mur­ray Har­bour on Tues­day with the Stan­ley Cup.

The pa­rade route is the same as it was in 2004 when Richards won the Cup with the Tampa Bay Light­ning. Eleven years later he was part of the Chicago Black­hawks vic­tory on June 15.

His mother, Delite, said Wed­nes­day that the pa­rade would start at noon at Ma­chons Points Road and travel to the com­mu­nity cen­tre where Richards, Premier Wade MacLauch­lan and oth­ers will speak.

“Ev­ery­body is pretty ex­cited,” she said. “It’s quite the un­der­tak­ing.”

She said peo­ple are asked to get to the com­mu­nity early, as traf­fic re­stric­tions will be in place at 10 a.m. There will be des­ig­nated park­ing ar­eas and peo­ple with hand­i­cap park­ing per­mits will be able to park at the com­mu­nity cen­tre.

The Cup will be in the com­mu­nity un­til 1:30 p.m., but there won’t be an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to have their pic­tures taken with it like there was in 2004.

Richards will fly into Char­lot­te­town with the Cup on Mon­day and Lord Stan­ley’s cher­ished mug will be on the Is­land for about a day. Eleven years ago, Richards had it for about two days as the Conn Smythe win­ner, Delite noted.

“That first one was so big be­cause he was the first Is­lan­der to ever win the Cup and to bring it to the Is­land,” Delite said proudly. “We never thought it would hap­pen again, and here we are with a sec­ond one.”

Northum­ber­land mi­nor hockey of­fi­cials will be selling wa­ter and hot dogs dur­ing the day.

The tra­di­tion of each player get­ting a day with the Cup be­gan in 1995. The team, NHL and Hall of Fame work on sched­ule to al­low play­ers to spend their day with it based on ge­o­graphic so the Cup is not criss­cross­ing around the world.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Brad Richards with his wife Chell and their son Luca with the Stan­ley Cup.

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