On Tuesday, July 17, there was a little more than just the usual horses, cows and chickens in the barnyard of Marian and Ray Ogibowski.
The Stanley Cup visited for a couple of hours on the Ogibowski farm which is approximately five miles northeast of Basswood, Manitoba.
Now this may seem like an odd event to occur in rural Manitoba, but there is a connection between the LA Kings, who won the Stanley Cup last season and the farm that hosted the cup.
Ron Hextal who is the assistant general manager of the Kings brought “Lord Stanley” along with two other fellows who appeared to be the cup’s “keepers.” Marian is Ron’s mother-in-law, and Ray is his brother-in-law. Ron’s wife Diane was raised on this farm, and they both own land in the area, and have a deep connection with it.
The cup was greeted with a great deal of enthusiasm by family, friends and neighbours of the Ogibowskis. Even the horses were in on the act, with one trying to have a nibble on the shiny goblet!