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Ithaca community pours into Cass Park rink to see Stanley Cup, Dustin Brown

Ithaca community pours into Cass Park rink to see Stanley Cup, Dustin Brown

Long lines formed before 9:30 at Cass Park in Ithaca Saturday, where fans of L.A. Kings captain Dustin Brown had a chance to see the Stanley Cup. Photo: WHCU/Pete Blanchard

If you didn’t already know it, Ithaca’s a hockey town.

That was made clear by about 9:30 Saturday morning, when a crowd estimated at about a thousand people were already in line or inside the rink at Cass Park, all hoping for a shot to meet Dustin Brown and see the Stanley Cup, the top trophy in hockey.

Some were just happy to have a shot to see the trophy. Others said they followed the Kings, and Brown’s success in the NHL.

“It’s nice that he’s from here,” said one fan Saturday morning. “I know there’s big Cornell hockey players out there, too, but it’s cool to know that someone local is here, doing big things, and bringing the Stanley Cup to Ithaca.”

People attending the event were asked to bring a donation. The proceeds go towards the YMCA playground project and to restoring Cass Park Rink.

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