It's parade day for the Los Angeles Kings, three days after they captured the first Stanley Cup in team history. It's going to be an epic celebration; but it may not move you like the small-scale celebration in Port McNeill, British Columbia.
That's the hometown of Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, name-checked by the veteran after hoisting the Cup: "Port McNeill, it's coming." That's the town featured in this heartwarming CTV clip that really brings home the local heroism of a Stanley Cup championship:
"We're not talking about Tinsletown but Port McNeil as well."
Seriously: Little kids at a viewing party at the local movie theater, watching with homemade Stanley Cups? Local businesses already putting up congratulatory signs the night of the victory? Some Irish dude humoring the media when asked about a player he's never heard of? What's not to love?
The Stanley Cup is returning to the Island with a winning player for the first time since 5,000 people turned out in 2006 to see Carolina Hurricanes captain and local hero Rod Brind'Amour parade it through the streets of Campbell River.
"I'm absolutely delighted. Tonight was just a great night for everybody in the community," said Port McNeill mayor Gerry Furney. "It is so heartwarming. The Cup belongs here."
Meanwhile, here's how media in Slovenia handled the victory, as native son Anze Kopitar is crowned (literally) a champion.
Did we just hear "KopiStar, KopiCrown?" Brilliant.
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