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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Chicago Blackhawks forward and south Buffalo native Pat Kane brought the Stanley cup to Western New York on Saturday.
Kane and the Blackhawks won the cup this past June by defeating the Boston Bruins.
Kane's first stop was the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station where he thanked the men and women of the 107th and 914th Airlift Wings for their service.
"I can carry around a Stanley Cup that's 35 lbs or an MVP trophy [but you all] carry our country on your back [and that's] purely amazing," said Kane.
Kane spent two hours signing autographs and posing for pictures with wounded veterans, sled hockey players, and troops preparing to deploy next week.
In South Buffalo, the line to see Kane and cup started forming on Abbott Road at 8 a.m. Kane stopped by Imperial Pizza for lunch and met with more fans.
His final public stop was at the West Seneca Town Rink where he drew the largest and loudest crowd. Kane played hockey there as a kid.
The Kane family will hold a private party on Saturday night. He said he will play a floor hockey tournament with friends before heading to Olympic camp on Sunday.