A Champion's Welcome

By Haley Burton

June 8, 2011 Updated Jun 8, 2011 at 7:21 PM EDT

Town of Maine, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton is now home to a championship team. The Binghamton Senators made hockey history Tuesday night in Houston, hoisting the Calder Cup. Now, they're back in town with hockey's second biggest trophy.

The team landed at Greater Binghamton Airport this afternoon.

The B-Sens were crowned champions Tuesday night shouting "Let's Go Sens!"

The team landed to a championship welcome home at the Greater Binghamton Airport.

The team stepped off the plane and boarded a bus, and an anxious crowd awaited them.

The Calder Cup was the first thing off the bus.

"We are so excited," said Chantal Corriveau and Kelly Benoit. "Our husbands actually won the Calder Cup to the day four years ago. They work so hard and they deserve this. It's been a long season and they never gave up."

Fans didn't give up on hockey in Binghamton. Some of them came as early as 10:00 a.m. Wednesday just to say congrats to the B-Sens and most of all, Thank you."

John Hawley brought 38 years of hockey history with him. Binghamton hasn't had a shot at the Calder Cup since the 1980's...

"I'm totally excited," Hawley said. "I just wish my mom and dad who were season ticket holders. They've been gone for 21 years now. I wish they could've been here for this but they're up there for this."

All playoff season long, Coach Kurt Kleinendorst and others in the organization have been saying, there's just something special about this team.

"Some years you get a bunch of guys that are together," said Bob Carr, who owns the B-Sens. "They are like a family, they spend a lot of time together. It's been great."

"I've been with the team for a while now,” said Connor Fabian of Vestal. “Traveling with them and builds some great relationship with them means so much for the City."

The City of Binghamton which now is home to an AHL championship team.