Cup coming to London

RYAN PYETTE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

Here comes the Stanley Cup.

Five years after Jason Williams, then of the Detroit Red Wings, toured the NHL's top prize around London, Anaheim's Corey Perry will shuttle it to the Forest City today before Ducks teammate Andy McDonald shares his Cup joy with his hometown, Strathroy, tomorrow afternoon.

The 22-year-old Perry's visit features a private function for family and friends in the evening at Jim Bob Ray's on Richmond Row after a public reception in his hometown of Peterborough earlier in the day.

"It's just sinking in that the Stanley Cup is coming to my house -- it's like the night before Christmas when you're excited about unwrapping your presents," Perry said yesterday. "The Cup's coming in from Halifax (where Ducks defenceman Joe DiPenta had it) and I'm getting it this morning and taking it straight to the rink (the Peterborough Memorial Centre)."

Because of time constraints, Perry won't sign autographs during his visit to the Peterborough rink between 10:30 a.m. and noon, but folks are invited to have their photos taken with the Cup. He will then spend time at his home in Peterborough before making the three-hour drive to London for the evening.

"You can't please everyone and it's tough taking the Cup to two different cities when you only have it for about 20 hours, but I'm trying to help out as many people as I can," Perry said.

The 29-year-old McDonald will take the Cup on a private jet to his alma mater Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., early tomorrow before holding a public event at Strathroy's West Middlesex Memorial Centre from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

McDonald plans to sign autographs and will charge $10 for a photo with hockey's holy grail, aiming all of the proceeds at minor hockey.

The speedy forward also hopes the event will raise money for the Middlesex Hospital Alliance's CT scanner campaign by selling raffle tickets ($5 each or five for $20) on two Andy McDonald jerseys autographed by the Ducks, a Don VanMassenhoven referee jersey, and game-used NHL sticks signed by McDonald, Perry, Williams and Brian Campbell.

"I am very excited to be able to share the Cup with my hometown," said McDonald, a former Strathroy Rockets MVP. "It is important to me to give back to my community in a meaningful way."

Perry led the London Knights to their lone Memorial Cup title in 2005 and makes his off-season home here. His father, Geoff, told the Peterborough Examiner this week the family was trying to limit disappointment in the city he grew up and his adopted hometown of London.

"He has a private function here in Peterborough afterwards and then he's going to London in the late afternoon," he said. "There's not going to be a public display in London so there's going to be some hard feelings there."

Knights general manager Mark Hunter, who will attend Perry's party, said it has always been up to the individual person what he does with his one day with the Cup. Hunter won the trophy as a member of the the Calgary Flames in 1989, but scheduled one-day visits didn't come into regular practice until 1995.

"Some guys just take it to a hospital where they do charity work and that's it," Hunter said. "It's what makes it great, that players can do what they want with it. I don't know (the best way to handle it)."

Both Perry and McDonald played crucial roles in Anaheim's historic championship. Perry finished second on the Ducks with six goals and 15 points in 21 playoff games while McDonald scored five times in the Stanley Cup final against Ottawa.


Videos

Photos