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A Day With The Cup: Justin Williams

Justin William's Day With The Cup

Justin Williams and his kids

“The first time I won the Cup (in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes), I brought it to my hometown in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, and enjoyed it for that time,” Williams said. “And now I spend my summers in this area. So I want to show people even though I play hockey thousands of miles away, I’m still kind of part of the community here and I enjoy living here.”

Williams’ brother-in-law dropped to one knee and proposed to his girlfriend of six years, Dana, during a boat ride with family and friends. Dana said yes — which is always a plus — and the entire crew onboard, including Williams, can now say they witnessed something special. “This is for life,” Williams said. “We’re a part of the story they’re going to tell forever. I’m happy to be a part of it and I’m happy Kelly and I were able to accommodate her brother.”

• Northumberland Today: Former Cobourg player plays with Kings

“Your career and life isn’t going to go smoothly,” he said. “There are going to be bumps in the road. There are going to be times when someone says you’re not good enough, and I’ve certainly had those experiences, but I think all those experiences round out the type of person you become. You can’t listen to everybody, all you can do is listen to yourself and the people you care about and never give up.”
• Here’s a photo gallery of Justin William’s day with the Cup, courtesy the Hockey Hall Of Fame

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Here’s more of Justin’s brother proposal.

Game on! Justin got the guys back together to drop the puck, street hockey style. CAR!!!

Justin also brought the Cup into a courtroom in Ventnor City Hall.

Finally, Justin took the Cup for a stroll along the Atlantic City boardwalk.

A Day With The Cup: Jordan Nolan

A Day With The Cup: Jordan Nolan


Before taking time to pose for pictures with fans and friends, Jordan was presented with a special helmet adorned with his name and #71 as he was named honorary Garden River Fire Chief.
“When I first won it, my first thought was bringing it back to Garden River,” Nolan said. “We’re a very tight-knit community and we’re very proud people, so for me to bring it back here with the First Nations people and to go on the bridge that says ‘Indian Land’ it was a big moment for us.”  
• Nolan Living The Dream
“We knew we had a special team. We knew that everyone was playing at the top of their game and (captain Dustin) Brown was leading the way, him and Quicker (goalie Jonathan Quick). So we knew we had a good chance at taking a run at this thing.”  
“I went down to Manchester and worked hard, and I was called up (by the Kings),” he said. “I wasn’t sure if I was staying or if I was going to be sent back to the AHL. To be able to stay with the team all season, go to the playoffs, win the Stanley Cup and end up here, I don’t think I would have ever thought it would happen.”  
“I’ve been fortunate to do some things in life, but nothing compares to watching your son do it,” he said. “I never would have dreamed about this in my life. I was nervous. I was a parent. That was a great feeling, to watch your son go through something like this — being a parent versus being a coach and walking through it with him. It was a great experience and I’ll never forget it.”  
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