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Stanley Cup visits Cal U to kick off Hockeyville USA festivities

Renatta Signorini
| Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, 1:48 p.m.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) kisses the Stanley Cup Trophy after defeating the Nashville Predators in Game 6 to claim the NHL Stanley Cup on Sunday June 11, 2017 at Bridgestone Arena.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) kisses the Stanley Cup Trophy after defeating the Nashville Predators in Game 6 to claim the NHL Stanley Cup on Sunday June 11, 2017 at Bridgestone Arena.

The Stanley Cup arrived at California University of Pennsylvania Thursday morning with much fanfare.

Escorted by lights and sirens from fire trucks, an ambulance and police cars, the Cup was greeted by students with cell phones in hand to capture the early-morning ride onto campus.

The Cup is in town for the four days of Kraft Hockeyville USA festivities. Lord Stanley visited Cal U Thursday morning before heading to Rostraver Ice Garden for a public viewing in the afternoon.

The Rostraver Township rink won the Hockeyville title this year and $150,000 worth of improvements.

Some who were on campus Thursday welcomed the Cup by posting its arrival on Twitter.

Even the college's mascot, Blaze the Vulcan, got in on the action.

Some students were bummed to be in class at the time of the Cup's arrival, while others took a detour.

And some seemed not to care.

Many had a chance to grab a photo with the Cup before it headed to the Rostraver Ice Rink.

Other events this week include:

• Friday — Gala Event at the Cal U Convocation Center, 6:30-10:30 p.m. The casino-themed event, a fundraiser for the nonprofit Mon Ice Project, will feature food stations, live and silent auctions, gaming tables and more.

• Saturday — 5K Run & Parade in North Belle Vernon, starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Youth Game and Fun Fair at the Ice Garden.

• Sunday — Pittsburgh Penguins practice event at 11 a.m. Tickets have already been awarded.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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