Stanley Cup visits Cal U to kick off Hockeyville USA festivities
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.
Hello Stanley Cup pic.twitter.com/kJASPQkDUo— Bakery Folf (@FurSyndicate) September 21, 2017
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.
Nbd the Stanley Cup is just cruzin through campus and I'm just sitting in class....... ♀️— Juulllliiaaaa (@juliashumar) September 21, 2017
Walking towards for class, heard the Stanley Cup was at Cal, walked the other way, Went to see the Cup Im a simple man— Swarley (@JKinnick_72) September 21, 2017
And some seemed not to care.
You know you live in Western Pa when they had a police and fire escort just for the Stanley cup.— Cameron Eisenhauer (@YouLikeCamDaily) September 21, 2017
I feel like I'm the only one at cal that doesn't care about the Stanley cup....— Samantha ✨ (@for_exSAMple) September 21, 2017
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @byrenatta.