Bergeron brings Stanley Cup to Quebec City

About 1,000 people showed up to see the Stanley Cup on display in Quebec City on Sunday afternoon.
Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron allows fans to touch the Stanley Cup Sunday, August 7, 2011 in Quebec City. Thousands showed up to have their picture taken with Bergeron and the cup as he enjoyed his 24 hours with the trophy in his home town. (Canadian Press/Jacques Boissinot)

About 1,000 people showed up to see the Stanley Cup on display in Quebec City on Sunday afternoon.

Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron brought the cup to the Espace 400e pavilion in the city's old port between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Fans hoping to touch the legendary trophy began lining up as early as 6 a.m. Sunday morning, despite rain in the forecast.

Every player on the cup winning team is awarded one day with the cup in their hometown during the summer, and Sunday was Bergeron's turn.

His hometown is Quebec City suburb L'Ancienne-Lorette.

Bergeron said he was happy to see a good turnout.

"It's really special for me to come to my hometown. I'm happy to be able to share this with [the fans]," said Bergeron.

Bergeron said he's been getting a great deal of attention from Quebec hockey fans since winning the cup.

"It's been pretty crazy. It's been going on pretty fast. A lot of people are recognizing me a bit more ... approaching me but in a respectful way," said Bergeron.

"They're always saying they're a Canadiens fan but they're happy for me."

Bergeron scored six goals during the 2011 NHL playoffs while helping the Bruins win the prized trophy, including two goals in the deciding match, game seven of the Stanley Cup Final.

Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume was one of the onlookers at Bergeron's event, and he remarked on the enthusiasm of those who showed up despite the weather.

"The people are crazy here, and it's great because we have a right to celebrate our national sport," said Labeaume.

Labeaume has been one of the principal advocates in efforts to bring back an NHL franchise to Quebec City.