BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Excitement in Buffalo Saturday could not be contained by hockey fans of all ages as they awaited the arrival of South Buffalo native, Patrick Kane and the Stanley Cup.
The Chicago Blackhawk player's hometown tour started with a visit to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base. Kane told military members his trophy will "never be anything compared" to their service for our country.
"I think they do so much for us, you know, it's... anything I can do a little bit to give back," said Kane. "In Chicago, we honor a military veteran before every game, and another one halfway through the third period. Things like that go a long way."
After a lunchtime stop at Imperial Pizza on Abbott Road in his native South Buffalo stomping grounds, he then went to the West Seneca ice rink. Young hockey players wearing Kane's jersey swarmed the zamboni he arrived in.
Kids were also wearing the same West Seneca Wings jersey Kane wore for five years as a kid. Evan Harrington from West Seneca said seeing the Stanley Cup was "Amazing! It was like an amazing feeling for me."
The crowd cheered as Kane swapped his Blackhawks sweater for a West Seneca Wings' blue and gold.
For him, it was also a chance to be reunited with his youth coach, Kevin Curr. "He was huge to my development. Probably the biggest coach around Buffalo, that helped me so I have to thank him for a lot."
As a surprise, Kane brought with him today the Conn Smythe Trophy that's awarded every year to the player who's judged to be most valuable to his team in the playoffs.
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