Stanley Cup arrives in St. John’s as hockey star Alex Newhook shares win with his hometown

Stanley has officially touched down at St. John’s International Airport as the third Newfoundlander to ever hoist hockey’s ultimate trophy shares his win with his whole hometown.

Dozens of fans were ready to greet Newhook, and his conspicuous carry-on luggage, as he arrived in St. John’s on Sunday.

The hockey player’s parents are expecting hundreds more fans to turn out to his Stanley Cup parade on Monday, which leaves from Bannerman Park at 2 p.m. NT and travels down Water Street to George Street.

There, Premier Andrew Furey and Mayor Danny Breen will greet Newhook on stage.

The Colorado Avalanche star, who won the finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games, has spent the better part of a month plotting out the day, his parents said Friday.

“He’s pretty much come up with the itinerary. They’re all things that he wanted to do, wanted to share with the public, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador,” his father, Shawn Newhook, told CBC News.

“The hype has been going on for so long and it’s been building to this day. So for me, it seems pretty real now that everybody is starting to come into town and things are ramping up.”

Hockey player Alex Newhook, surrounded by fans at the airport, holding the Stanley Cup.
A crowd of hockey fans were waiting at St. John’s Airport on Sunday to greet Colorado Avalanche player Alex Newhook, and also his conspicuous carry-on luggage. (Danny Arsenault/CBC)

Newhook’s teammates through the years are arriving in town for the celebration, his mother said.

“He does want to give back. He wants to appreciate the people hes grown up with, who’ve helped him along the way in his hockey career,” said Paula Newhook.

“It’s a team effort, and the support across the province has been phenomenal.”

The Colorado Avalanche first drafted Newhook 16th overall in 2019. The St. John’s star had 33 points in 71 games with the Avalanche during the regular season last year, technically his first in the NHL.

Newhook is the third Newfoundlander to win the Stanley Cup. Danny Cleary of Harbour Grace was first to nab the honour with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008, and Michael Ryder of Bonavista won with the Boston Bruins in 2011.

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