Hockey Fans Line Up to View Stanley Cup in Valpo

Photo by Brent Brown, Region News Team.

In Valparaiso, hundreds of hockey fans gathered at the William E. Urschel Pavilion this afternoon to view and get a photo with the most coveted trophy in sports, the Stanley Cup. Washington Capitals head coach, and Valparaiso native Todd Reirden brought the Cup to the stage to the applause of the crowd where he was joined by Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas and members of the Valparaiso High School Hockey Team and the Valpo Parks’ Junior Hockey Program.

Photo of Capitals Head Coach Todd Reirden with members of the Valpo Parks Junior Hockey program by Brent Brown, Region News Team.

Coach Reirden told the Region News Team that to be able bring the Stanley Cup to Valparaiso, and other northwest Indiana communities, to build the game of hockey is really special. He said when he was a player and coach living in Valparaiso for 12 years, the community was great to him and his family and this was the best way he could think of to give back.

Photo of Valpo Mayor Jon Costas with members of the Valparaiso High School Hockey team & Valpo Parks Junior Hockey program by Brent Brown, Region News Team.

Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas says they are excited about taking hockey to the next level, as the City has had tremendous success with the Urschel Pavilion. He says the Pavilion has had 35-thousand skaters per year over the last three-years, about 75 kids ages 5-to-13 involved in youth hockey and about 100 adults who come out and play hockey there during the winter months.

Chapin Hanna, a big Capitals fan who stated he had just moved to Valparaiso from Washington D.C., was first in line to get his photo taken with the Cup and said he arrived around 10am.