BIG RAPIDS – After celebrating his second championship win as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning staff in June, Big Rapids native and Ferris State alum Brian Garlock returned home to share the Stanley Cup trophy with the entire community on Saturday.
The Stanley Cup was on display at the Ferris Ice Arena for the public to view and take photos with.
Garlock, a 2003 graduate of Big Rapids high school, also took the trophy into the Big Rapids hockey locker room and spoke to the team before their game against Grandville.
He said this day has been a long-time coming, but the wait was finally worth it to be able to share this experience.
“I couldn’t be happier. This is where it all began for me. So to see my friends and family get to experience it, it’s what I’ve always wanted and it it took three tries to finally get it here. But now that it is, it’s been an awesome day so far. There’s a ton of people that are here from out of town. Their kids are playing hockey. They have no idea. So to see them, their reactions, that’s the best thing about the cup. And you see the kids that really, really enjoy it. It’s what it’s all about. That’s why it’s here. And I couldn’t be happier to be the one that brought it back,” said Garlock.
The day’s festivities concluded with Garlock and the Stanley Cup taking to the ice for a ceremonial puck drop in the Cardinals’ senior day matchup.
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