Remember When I Hugged the Stanley Cup?

I think I’m still recovering from this weekend, which was filled with stress, excitement and thrill. Yes, the Stanley Cup made an appearance on Martha’s Vineyard, and as a journalist, my duty called.

It wasn’t easy to track down exactly when and where the Cup go at first. Obviously I knew the Cup would first come to the airport – Right, Cam Neely probably won’t opt for a 1.5 hour bus ride and then a 45 minute ferry ride to get here. But the question WHEN did not resolve until 5 p.m. Saturday.

Basically it went from “Yes, the Cup will arrive with Cam Neely – coming straight from the NHL draft – at around 7:30 p.m.” to “Oh wait, 6:30” and finally to “Can you get to the airport… now?”

I can’t complain though. From exactly 6:19 p.m. on Saturday to about 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, I had many opportunities to simply take the Cup and make a run for it.

Obviously I refrained.

Jeremy Jacobs, the owner of the Boston Bruins, apparently loves the Vineyard, and his son owns a summer house in Chilmark, which explains the Cup’s first official organized public display being here.

From the airport, the Cup took a short ride on a fire truck with police escort to Edgartown, and there hundreds of Vineyarders and tourists lined Main St. to see the trophy.

Unfortunately I left before the Cup went into the Wharf and the Boathouse because I had to edit the video together, but on Sunday at Edgartown School, I had a chance to see the silver trophy again.

Thousands of people waited in line for a photo opp, and at the end, oh yes, I hugged the Cup.

So there, that was my exciting weekend, and I think pictures are worth a thousand words.

Here are my video pieces:

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