AVON, August 20 – A year ago, Farmington native Nick Bonino had the Stanley Cup for day – the long-standing tradition in the National Hockey League for players on teams that capture the Stanley Cup championship.
“I think I had it for 10 minutes,” he said with a grin Sunday.
It was a whirlwind day last year as Bonino took the Stanley Cup to multiple locations – his parent’s home, his grandparent’s home, a golf course, the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford and to Avon Old Farms where thousands of fans stood in line for hours for the opportunity to take a photo with Bonino and the Stanley Cup.
Bonino’s Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup for the second straight year in June, beating the Nashville Predators, to become the first team to win back-to-back championships since Detroit in 2008 and 2009.
Once again, Bonino brought the Cup back to Avon Old Farms for fans to see and to raise money for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. But he adjusted the schedule a bit. He planned another trip to his grandmother’s house to snack on her legendary pasta salad and then bring the Cup to a big, backyard party at a friend’s home.Continue Reading