By Steven Sukkau
For the second time in six years, local hockey hero Dustin Penner was in Winkler last week to meet fans and display the Stanley Cup.
Hundreds of fans lined up at the Southland Mall August 17 to get a photograph with the Cup and an autograph from Penner.
The LA Kings forward spoke about his achievement, noting that after winning the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, he never thought he'd get the chance to lift the Cup a second time.
However, Penner said it was always his goal to get back to the pinnacle of professional hockey.
"Hopefully I can win it one more time," Penner said.
The Cup's visit to Winkler is part of the tradition which sees members of the NHL championship team getting the opportunity to take the Cup to their hometown during the off-season.
Growing up in Winkler and knowing the joy hockey brings to the area, Penner said it was important to share his accomplishment with his hometown.
"I know how much joy it brings to myself, so I know how much it brings to other people," Penner said.
Mayor Martin Harder also thanked Penner for bringing the Cup back. Earlier, city council acknowledged the day by declaring August 17 as Dustin Penner Day in Winkler.
"It's amazing when you have a young fellow who reaches the pinnacle of his career so early in life and gets his name on the Stanley Cup twice," Harder said.
Penner's day with the Cup included with a visit to his grandmother's home and a private mini golf tournament with friends.