Native son brings Cup home Sunday
It will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for hockey fans Sunday morning at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
Los Angeles Kings head trainer and Greenfield native Chris Kingsley will bring the Stanley Cup to Greenfield for a public viewing session at the rink from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
This marks the first time ever that arguably the most recognizable sports trophy in the world will make an appearance in Franklin County.
Sunday marks Kingsley’s day with the Cup, which was started in 1995 and gives every player and staff member on the Stanley Cup-winning team a chance to have the Cup for one day. This marks the second time that Kingsley has won the Cup — he was also the head trainer for the Kings when the team won the Cup in 2012 — and this time around he decided to make part of his day a fundraiser for the Franklin County Hockey Association.
“When I first got the call I didn’t believe it,” FCHA president Sean Lavoine said. “Chris reached out to us all on his own. For him to want to share this with the community is awesome.”
The general public is invited to go to the rink and not only have their picture taken with the illustrious trophy, but they will also have the chance to meet Kingsley, who got his start in the sport of hockey in the FCHA.
Kingsley grew up playing in the FCHA as a goaltender and moved on to play collegiately at North Adams State but suffered a career-ending knee injury during his freshman season. He went on to receive his master’s degree in athletic training and got his start in professional hockey with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, where he lasted for several years. He has been with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings for eight years, and now has a pair of Stanley Cup rings.
When Kingsley got his day with the Cup in 2012, he took it to Westford, where his in-laws live. This time around he is returning to his hometown of Greenfield, and the community will get to celebrate with him.
Anyone wishing to have their picture taken with the Cup is asked to make a donation of $5, which all goes to the FCHA and will be used to help fund programs like the “Learn to Skate Program,” which helps give youngsters the chance to try the sport of hockey out.
The photo session with the Cup will be held in the lobby of Collins-Moylan Arena and their will be volunteers from the FCHA on hand to take photos. People can bring cameras and cell phones to the event. Lavoine, himself an employee in professional hockey where he works as Vice President of Licensing and Corporate Sales for the AHL, also said that volunteers will have cameras on hand for anyone without their own, and photos will be uploaded online so people can download them for free.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Lavoine said. “If anyone is on the fence about coming it, they should take the opportunity to see it.”
According to an earlier story by the Recorder’s Mark Durant, Greenfield Mayor William Martin has also announced that he will proclaim Sunday “Chris Kingsley Day” in honor of the 1985 Greenfield High School graduate.