HUDSON, Wis. - The most storied trophy in profession sports spent the evening at the hockey arena in Hudson on Monday night.
Hundreds of people waited for their opportunity to touch, kiss, hug and be photographed next to the Stanley Cup.
The cup was carried into the arena by Davis Drewiske, who plays defense for the NHL champion Los Angeles Kings. Drewiske learned to skate in Hudson, playing youth hockey and winning a Wisconsin state championship in high school. He also won a national collegiate championship with the University of Wisconsin.
NHL players for championship teams are given one day with the cup to spend it as they choose. Drewiske said he wanted to thank the community that gave him his start.
Drewiske signed plenty of autographs, but the Stanley Cup itself was clearly the star of the evening.
"I don't think it would matter if I was here or not. It's more about the trophy and that's the way it should be," said Drewiske.
Among those waiting in line was Croix Hurtis, a Peewee from New Richmond who has been battling cancer since Christmas.
"I was too nervous to touch it because I was afraid I was going to smudge it or something," said Hurtis after getting his picture taken with the cup.
Minutes later Drewiske invited Hurtis back for a second shot, helping the 12-year-old loft the trophy over his head.
Cancer patients have good days and bad.
"This is the best day. The best day this year," said Hurtis.