It arrived came up in a grey SUV amid claps and cheers from the handful of fans who waited outside the Nepean gymnastics club.
The Stanley Cup had arrived.
Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, who grew up in Ottawa and worked on the Senators management team before leaving for Boston, took the cup on a tour of Ottawa on Friday, Aug. 5, stopping at the University of Ottawa and the Nepean-Corona School of Gymnastics on Colonnade Road in Nepean.
His wife, Alicia, and daughter, Talia, both attended the Nepean club and wanted to share the Stanley Cup love.
“I was a gymnast here, I coached for a little bit then I worked in the administration office for 14 years,” said Alicia. “Talia was a competitive gymnast here before we moved to Boston.
“It’s just kind of a family thing.”
Peter, who attended law school at the University of Ottawa, said he and his wife wanted to bring the Cup to places with meaning for the family.
“I thought it would be neat,” he said, adding about 2,000 people showed up at the university campus earlier in the day to see the Cup. “I really wanted to give back.”
Over 100 people lined up to get photos touching, kissing and hugging the Stanley Cup.
Nepean residents and Boston Bruins fans John Rassi and his son Matthew showed up at the club around 10:20 a.m. in full Bruins gear to secure themselves a spot.
“You never know how many people might show up,” said John. “I’ve been a fan since 1968. We just want to congratulate Peter Chiarelli for putting this awesome team together. We’re looking forward to a repeat next year.”
He said watching the Bruins win on TV this past June was an uplifting experience.
“I’ve been waiting for this since ’72,” said John, the last time the Bruins won the Stanley Cup. “I never understood people who honk their horns (after a Stanley Cup win), then I was the one making all the noise.”