Thousands of people are expected to flow into Bonavista on Tuesday to catch a glimpse of the Stanley Cup and the Newfoundlander who helped make the visit possible.

Bonavista native Michael Ryder, the right-winger who helped power the Bruins to NHL supremacy this season, will arrive by helicopter, the Cup in tow.  

"Coming from a small town, a community of like 3,800 people and to go on and play in the Stanley Cup final and win the Stanley Cup, it's a dream come true for any kid," said Ryder's father, Wayne Ryder.  

Ryder and the Cup are expected to arrive before 1 p.m.  

After a motorcade through the town, one of Newfoundland's oldest fishing communities, hundreds of kids involved in minor hockey and figure skating will be treated to a private viewing of the Cup.  

Then, around 3:30 p.m., the Cup will be put on display at a softball field for a four-hour public viewing.  

Ryder left the Bruins after its championship season, and has since signed with the Dallas Stars. Like other members of the championship team, however, he is allowed to bring the Cup to his hometown.  

Ryder is the second Newfoundlander to accomplish such a feat. In 2008, Daniel Cleary of the Detroit Red Wings brought the Cup home to Harbour Grace.  

Wayne Ryder said it is not exactly the first time his son has toted such a cup in Bonavista.  

"As a kid, he actually made a Stanley Cup with tin foil and some buckets," he told CBC News. The handcrafted replica, however, was damaged during flooding from Hurricane Igor last year.  

"I actually had to throw it out. It's too bad, because I would have brought it along to show people," Ryder said.  

Organizers expect the town's population to triple or even quadruple during the course of the day. To help with crowd control, an extra 40 RCMP officers will be brought in, said organizer Lloyd Stagg.