Justin Williams brings Stanley Cup home to Ventnor

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Justin Williams shows the key to Ventnor City and the Stanley Cup. Justin Williams shows the key to Ventnor City and the Stanley Cup. VENTNOR – The sunshine reflected off the shiny silver trophy bearing the names of all the winners of the Stanley Cup ice hockey series, and if you looked closely, you would see Ventnor resident Justin Williams’ name there twice.

Mayor Michael Bagnell presents Justin Williams with the key to the city and a proclamation. Mayor Michael Bagnell presents Justin Williams with the key to the city and a proclamation. Williams, who moved to Ventnor Heights three years ago, brought the trophy to Ventnor City Hall Friday, July 18 for his friends and neighbors to see and admire. Along with the Stanley Cup, he brought the 2014 Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded for being the most valuable player of the post-season.

NHL tradition allows each member of the winning team, this year the Los Angeles Kings, to have the trophy to display in their hometown for 24 hours. The trophy was on display at Harrah’s Resort and Caesar’s Atlantic City Thursday and Friday, July 17-18, but Williams swept it away for a few hours to show to his neighbors in Ventnor.

Families and young hockey players lined up to touch the trophy and take a photo with Williams.

Jake Cahill, 13, of Malaga, plays ice hockey for the Clearview Middle School and the South Jersey Cougars. He’s a goalie.

“It’s great to see the Stanley Cup,” Jake said. “My main goal in life is to win the Stanley Cup. Maybe with some hard work, I’ll be hoisting it in 20 years.”

LA Kings MVP Justin Williams of Ventnor Heights hoists the Stanley Cup. LA Kings MVP Justin Williams of Ventnor Heights hoists the Stanley Cup. Williams, a former Philadelphia Flyer, and his Kings teammates won the Stanley Cup. This was the second time he brought it to Ventnor, Mayor Michael Bagnell said before presenting the “adopted son of Ventnor” with a proclamation and the key to the city.

“I wonder what it opens,” Williams said. “I absolutely love being here and don’t plan on leaving Ventnor anytime soon.”

Before hoisting the cup and passing through the crowd of well-wishers and hockey fans, Williams wished the Flyers fans good luck.“I hope you get the cup in Philadelphia some day,” he said, “but not at my expense.


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