On Friday, 10/19, the Stanley Cup was in Charleston, South Carolina, for a day with Capitals’ scout Jason Fitzsimmons. The Cup also spent part of the day with the South Carolina Stingrays, and will make an appearance at the Stingrays home opener on Saturday. (Reminder, you can find links to each and every “day with the Stanley Cup” that have already occurred right here.)
Fitzsimmons was hired as a Scout for the Capitals back in November, 2007, after stepping down as head coach of the South Carolina Stingrays in April of that year. He spent nine seasons coaching the Stingrays, four as an assistant coach and five as the Stingrays Head Coach.
Prior to his coaching career, Fitzsimmons played six years as a professional, including three seasons with the Stingrays. The former goaltender led South Carolina to the Kelly Cup Championship in 1997, when he was named Playoff MVP.
According to the Post and Courier, the Stanley Cup arrived in the Lowcountry on Thursday night, accompanied by Mike Bolt, who works for the National Hockey League’s Hall of Fame. Under Bolt’s watchful eye, Fitzsimmons kept The Cup from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday.
At 8:30 Friday morning, Fitzsimmons, his brother Ryan and a few of their friends from Canada piled into a red Suburban to pick up Bolt and the Stanley Cup at the North Charleston Marriott. First stop, North Charleston Coliseum.
South Carolina Stingrays, North Charleston Coliseum, Charleston, SC
The Cup started the day with the Capitals ECHL affiliate South Carolina Stingrays at 9:00 am.
Carolina Ice Works, Charleston, South Carolina
Members of the Junior South Carolina Stingrays youth hockey team get their chance with the Stanley Cup at the Carolina Ice Palace. (Mike Wiser/Stingrays).
Cassique Golf Club, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Following the visit with the Stingrays, The Cup and Fitzsimmons made their way to the Cassique Golf Club on Kiawah Island.
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We got to experience a once in a life time opportunity today. What a day to touch and feel a piece of history. Kallum wants to win this when he’s older. Can’t knock a kid for wanting it all. @mrsfitz22 #littlestingrays #washingtoncapitals #lordstanley #thecup #stanleycup #usahockey #hockey #dadandsonbonding #charlestonsc #bucketlist @carolinaicepalace @scstingrayshockey
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Some days are better than others, the day you drink from The Cup is a great one! Proud to re-unite Rick MacCleish’s stick, with which he scored the winning goal and clinched The Win back in 1974, with The Cup! #broadstreetbullies #stanleycup #flyershockey #godblessamerica
Fitzsimmons Residence, West Ashley, Charleston, South Carolina
This has to be the freaking coolest thing I’ve ever seen on a residential subdivision driveway in West Ashley. @SCStingrays HOF’er & @capitals scout Jason Fitzsimmons has his day w/the @StanleyCup -name etched on it forever. Party rolling from 9am til 10pm- I stopped by his house pic.twitter.com/t0k9FxaNwB
— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) October 19, 2018
17 South side Bar and Grill, Charleston, South Carolina
More than 100 people are waiting for Fitzsimmons when he pulls into the parking lot at 17 Southside Bar and Grill. Most of them are dressed in Washington Capitals gear.
Charleston Beer Works, Charleston, South Carolina
According to the Post and Courier, The final stop of the day is at Charleston Beer Works on King Street. It’s a private gathering of about 90 people, mostly from the local hockey community. As word spreads that the Stanley Cup trophy is downtown, people line up to get into the bar.
The Stanley Cup will remain in Charleston on Saturday for the Stingrays home opener. The Cup will also make a few stops around town before the game.
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