July 6, 2014 11:05 am

Keeping up with the Cup: July 6

The Stanley Cup was back on American soil to celebrate the holiday weekend as Dustin Brown brought it to his hometown of Ithaca, New York for the second time in three years.

It wasn’t only Independence Day that was celebrated in the upstate New York town this weekend. As declared my mayor Svante Myrick, July 5 shall hereforth be known as Dustin Brown Day.

At Cass Park Rink, an estimated 1,000 fans gathered to greet the Cup and celebrate Brown’s homecoming. Donations from photos of the Cup raised money for an Ithaca YMCA playground project and for improvements to the rink, according to USAToday.com.

Via NHL.com:

“I remember being down here at 6 in the morning on Mondays and Wednesdays, from the time I was 7 till about 14,” Brown told USA Today. “I made a lot of memories in this building, and I thought this would be a pretty cool place to have it.”

About 1,000 fans showed up at the rink Saturday when Brown celebrated his day with the Cup for the second time in his hometown.

The scene:

Ithaca photo gallery | Ithaca video (for TWC subscribers) | USA Today recap | Obama’s call

The Captain on a megaphone:

 

And some well-deserved down time:

 

UPDATE: The Cup is now in the hands of Jonathan Quick.

Quick brought the Cup to the Louis Astorino Ice Arena in his hometown of Hamden, CT on Sunday. Proceeds from photographs with the Cup will go to a college fund that benefits the children of Jason Pagni, a close friend and former coach of Quick’s who died in a car accident in January.

Via the New Haven Register:

Quick had “‘Everybody rides’ — Pags” inscribed on the back of his helmet during this year’s playoff run. The 28-year-old helped lead the Kings to their second Stanley Cup in three years. Only six goaltenders in NHL history have won more than two Stanley Cup finals.

More from Hamden High School:

Schedule of Stanley:
June 24: NHL Awards, Las Vegas, NV
June 26-28: NHL Draft, Philadelphia, PA
June 29: Mark Yannetti, Topsfield, MA
June 30: Hubie McDonough, Manchester, NH
June 30: Denis Fugere, St. Jerome, QC
July 1: Michael Futa, Rexdale, ON
July 2-3: Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa, ON
July 3: Alyn McCauley, Gananoque, ON
July 4-5: Dustin Brown, Ithaca, NY
July 6: Jonathan Quick, Hamden, CT

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