Ross Colton kicked off a good old-fashioned Summer with Stanley Tour with a trip to a local rink in Hamilton, New Jersey.
The Tampa Bay Lightning forward, who scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal, was the first member of the team to get the trophy for a home visit. Last year, because of COVID-19 restrictions, the Lightning players and staff did not get to take the Stanley Cup home for individual celebrations around the world but were mostly limited to staying the Tampa Bay area.
Included in the Tour are defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk, who played for the Anaheim Ducks, and Zach Bogosian, who was with the Toronto Maple Leafs, in 2020-21.
But it was Colton who got the jet-setting party started on Friday with a meet-and-greet with fans at IceLand Skating Center.
There was a long line of people who gathered to see Colton and the Cup.
The rink is home to the Mercer Chiefs, a Tier 1 AAA team in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League. Colton played for them, and their jerseys and logo decorated the area where he held the appearance.