Prince George product, Brett Connolly, was at the CN Centre yesterday morning, and he brought along a friend who may be even more famous than him.
— The WHL (@TheWHL) August 21, 2018
The former Cougar captain was able to hoist hockey’s holy grail, the Stanley Cup above his head in front of his chanting hometown crowd.
“There are a lot of familiar faces,” says Connolly. "It’s just one person after another that I haven’t seen in a while. It’s just an amazing weekend, I’m so happy I got to see so many people.”
The Stanley Cup rally not only welcomed hundreds of jersey-clad kiddos and thousands of fans, it also saw many evacuees from north of the province.
A boy who dreams of winning the #StanleyCup meets someone whose dream came true! Thank you @bconnolly8 for sharing the cup with the #CityofPG @Capitals @PGCougars @cariboocougars @HockeyHallFame pic.twitter.com/h5ANeQbE4U— Shirley Bond (@shirleybond) August 21, 2018
CN Centre has seen some amazing hockey action over the years (some of it from Brett Connolly himself) but it had never seen the Stanley Cup…until today. 2500 people crowded into CN earlier today to see Brett and the Stanley Cup in person. pic.twitter.com/IYOF2xSwuP— Prince George, BC (@CityofPG) August 20, 2018
Proceeds raised by the event will go towards the Brock Hirsche Foundation, a former teammate and friend of Connolly’s who passed away from cancer earlier this year.
Connolly had flown Hirsche’s parents into Prince George to join in on the special celebrations.
Admitting today will be a day he’ll always remember, Connolly was quick to credit some of his success to his hometown and former junior team.
“This is the place where I grew up and I owe a lot to this city. They [The Prince George Cougars Club] drafted me and really gave me an opportunity; this is where I got my start," said Connolly.