Ithaca (WBNG BINGHAMTON) You can eat from it, drink from it, even baptize a small child in it. But to do that, first you have to win the Stanley Cup. That's what Ithaca's Dustin Brown did for the second time in his career in June, and for the second time, he brought the Cup home.
Hundreds came out to see it, touch it, even kiss it. Brown said he was thrilled to see so many people out to support him and celebrate with him at Cass Park, where he grew up playing hockey -- and where hopefully, he says, others will follow.
"To win two Stanley Cups and bring it back, it maybe draws excitement to hockey again," Brown said. "Maybe if there's a kid in line today that wasn't a hockey fan before, but is now, that's what it's all about."
Of the fans who took pictures with the Cup, some said they were just thrilled to stand next to it. Others said they were thrilled a local kid could win the Cup not once, but twice.
"It's something I'll never forget. It's just the history behind it is the biggest thing, I feel," said Horseheads' Conor Everett. "I don't know, words can't really describe being next to it. It's not something you do every day. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
"He's a hard-working individual, just like everybody in this community. I think it's just so special, him being from here," said Derek Green of Newark Valley.
Pictures came with a suggested $5 donation, and some Brown-centric memorabilia was raffled off. Those proceeds will go to the Ithaca YMCA and the Cass Park ice rink.