MONTREAL – The Stanley Cup lands on the island of Montreal.
Although the Montreal Canadiens failed to win the opportunity to bring the oversized waterer to the island for the first time since 1993, residents of Beaconsfield, in the West Island, will have the get to check it out when Tampa Bay Lightning left winger Alex Killorn accompanies the Cup at Centennial Park on August 13.
Killorn was born in Halifax, but grew up in Beaconsfield from 1990 to 2007 before the Lightning called him 77th overall in the NHL Draft.
He last played hockey in La Belle Province as a home team when he played for the Lac St-Louis Lions in the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League.
Killorn’s parents live in Beaconsfield.
“Like so many young people from Beaconsfield, I learned to skate on the outdoor rinks and at the Recreation Center arena,” Killorn said in a statement. “I started playing hockey with the Lakeshore Minor Hockey Association and I played midget AAA hockey for the Lac-St-Louis Lions. For me, this is the opportunity to share this trophy with the community in which I grew up.
Killorn played at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and Harvard University before joining the Lightning.
Beaconsfield Mayor Georges Bourelle said the Killorn course is an example of the municipality’s investment in youth sports that is paying off.
“Alex’s journey is, without a doubt, an exceptional example for our young people today,” said Bourelle. “His perseverance and determination allowed him to succeed and become Stanley Cup champion again in 2020 and 2021. On behalf of the City Council, I would like to thank Alex for his availability and generosity.
The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. and the public is invited to view the cup until 1 p.m.
Those who want to attend must book a free ticket in advance to meet public health guidelines.