Bonavista prepares for day when Ryder brings the Stanley Cup to his hometown

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Boston Bruins' right winger Michael Ryder hoists the Stanley Cup following the Bruins' win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of NHL championship series in Vancouver on June 15. Ryder will bring the Cup to his hometown of Bonavista on Aug. 30. Canadian Press file photo

Bonavista Mayor Betty Fitzgerald is anticipating one heck of a big day Aug. 30 when hometown hockey hero Michael Ryder brings the Stanley Cup to town.

"Oh my goodness, people can't wait," said the mayor Sunday.

Ryder confirmed Friday he'll be returning to his hometown with the Cup and the mayor said there is already a committee in place to handle things such as a motorcade for the much-anticipated event.

"We've had people away who were holding off on their holidays until they knew when he was coming," said Mayor Fitzgerald.

The mayor said she isn't certain how large the motorcade will be.

"We'll have to limit it somewhat or there will be a pretty big traffic jam," she said.

Ryder, who won the Cup with the Boston Bruins last month, signed with the Dallas Stars for US$7 million over two years on Friday, the first day of NHL free agency.

The 31-year-old forward had 41 points in the regular season and was fourth on the team in playoff scoring, including three goals and three assists in the Stanley Cup finals against the Canucks.

The mayor said the interest in Ryder's return started minutes after the Bruins won the Cup.

"My phone didn't stop ringing with people asking when the Cup was coming," she said with a laugh.

Mayor Fitzgerald said the town has been in touch with the people responsible for putting off the celebration for Danny Cleary when the Detroit Red Wings' forward returned home to Harbour Grace with the Stanley Cup three years ago.

"They sent us information on what they did and when we talk about it at our next meeting when we discuss the various sub committees such as security, traffic control and entertainment. We'll have committees to take care of everything," Fitzgerald said.

The mayor is expecting a huge crowd for the event.

"I'm thinking the crowd may be bigger than when Danny Cleary brought the Cup home," she said.

"It's going to be a big deal."

The mayor noted that if Dallas wins the Cup next year, "We might get to have the Cup for two days because we'll have two young fellas here, right?" she said referring to defenceman Adam Pardy, another Bonavista native, who signed Friday with Dallas.

Pardy, who spent the last three seasons with the Calgary Flames, signed for two years at $2 million per season.



Organizations: Boston Bruins, NHL, Canucks Detroit Red Wings Calgary Flames

Geographic location: Bonavista, Dallas

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  • Corey
    July 06, 2011 - 20:55

    I hope I get to see the Cup again one way or another; I got up close to the Stanley Cup in 2008 when Dan Cleary brought it to the St. John's Airport in 2008 but never got a picture with it. I should be in town around the end of August so hopefully I get to see it again one more time. Kinda disappointed that Ryder couldn't re-sign with the Bruins, but hopefully he does well, along with Pardy, in Dallas. Hope to see you & the Stanley Cup real soon Michael!!

  • Stephanie Farrell
    July 05, 2011 - 07:58

    It's gonna be an awesome time in Bonavista. I'm from Bonavista now living in St. John's so this is a huge deal for all. Can't wait!

  • Ronald McCarthy
    July 04, 2011 - 19:13

    Michael Rider is a credit to Bonavista and Newfoundland. Congratulations and if I can I will be in Bonavista to welcome him and the Stanley Cup.

  • Curious
    July 04, 2011 - 14:14

    Anyone know how many days the Cup will be there for? I get into St. John's September 1st ...

  • Carolyn
    July 04, 2011 - 11:16

    I cannot wait! I"m in Ontario..originally from Change Islands and I will be in NL for the summer...I've been a Bruins fan all my life...I cannot believe I get to celebrate a Bruins cup(finally) in Bonavista! My jersey is waiting! C

  • David
    July 04, 2011 - 07:45

    Well, at least all those Bruins jerseys are useful good for one more day...