Hawks' Ben Smith gets his day with Lord Stanley's Cup

Hawks' Ben Smith gets his day with Lord Stanley's Cup
July 16, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Right wing, Ben Smith got his day with the cup on Tuesday, bringing it back to his hometown, Avon, Connecticut.

"It was a no brainer to bring it all back," Smith told AvonPatch. "This place has meant so much to my family." 

                                    ( STEPHEN DUNN / Hartford Courant / July 16, 2013 )

Smith took Lord Stanley's cup to his Alma Mater, Westminster School. Fans lined up to meet Smith and take pictures with the Cup. 

In raising money for One Fund Boston and Westminster's Crossroads Learning Program, the fans were able to purchase autographed photos.

 

                                    ( STEPHEN DUNN / Hartford Courant / July 16, 2013 )

"It's special for me," Smith told The Courant. "I grew up here, since I was 3 years old, playing youth hockey here, coming to Westminster. It's just a nicer event for us to be out in the public for a bit and share it with some people that were always there for me growing up and who I learned to play hockey from. I grew so much as a person here at the school, it's just really nice to be able to bring the trophy back."

                                                                              Photo Cred: AvonPatch

Aside from his appearance at Westminster School, Smith also had some time to enjoy the Cup with his family. Keeper of the Cup, Philip Pritchard, tweeted out a photo of Smith and his brother, Chris "reliving the good old days" with the cup, Ben holding a miniature hockey stick.