The Stanley Cup spent its first full day with the NHL’s new champions — the Carolina Hurricanes — on Tuesday in the Triangle.
During the day, members of the Hurricanes celebrated with Lord Stanley’s Cup before bringing it to a public celebration at the RBC Center later in the afternoon.
Today, the Cup will attend a second civic celebration in downtown Raleigh.
An estimated 30,000 Carolina Hurricanes fans gathered under a scorching sun Tuesday for a Stanley Cup victory parade that had the trappings of a Southern summer festival.
“This is uniquely Carolina,” said Leigh LeClair, a season ticket holder who showed up to salute the team as it rolled through the RBC Center parking lot in Jeeps, trucks and cars. “It’s a tailgate party. It’s at the arena. … Since we’re the face of the new NHL, we might as well start new traditions.”
The Edmonton Oilers were welcomed home Tuesday by a tiny but appreciative crowd at Edmonton International Airport.