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Following the Stanley Cup

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The parking lot outside of Judy’s Tavern was full all day Monday.

That’s not exactly normal.

But Matt Greene had possession of the Stanley Cup, and most in town figured that he would end up there.

“Anybody who bumped into me in college. . . I think I was at Judy’s. . . probably too much,” Greene admitted.

The Cup sleuths ended up being correct. At about 10:45 p.m. Monday night, the Stanley Cup made its second-ever appearance at Judy’s — the first since Mike Commodore brought it there in 2006.

Many of those fans were able to snap photos with the Cup as it sat in tent just outside the tiny dive bar. The bar ended up getting so crowded that bouncers stopped letting people inside.

Wherever the Cup visited in town, the photos and fans followed, documenting the famed trophy’s journey through Manvel and Grand Forks on Monday and Tuesday. Thanks to the photos, crowds gathered at almost every stop.

“With social media, it doesn’t take long,” said Mike Bolt, the caretaker of the Stanley Cup. “Yesterday, we were at the place in Manvel. There was one person there when we showed up. When we left, that place was almost wall-to-wall with people.”

That’s the allure of the Cup.

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Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 11th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2014, he was named one of the top three beat writers in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.
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