Stanley Cup party plans
Parade starts at noon and ends at Murray Harbour Community Centre
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.
Brad Richards with his wife Chell and their son Luca with the Stanley Cup.