WILKES-BARRE — Ann and Joe Jarrow weren’t daunted by the hour-long drive from their home in Susquehanna County, nor were they fazed by the line that extended down South Main Street from the F.M. Kirby Center.
They were determined to see the Stanley Cup.
The legendary trophy came to Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday for a second consecutive year thanks to back-to-back Stanley Cup wins by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The event was open to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins season ticket-holders, who were able to get their photo with the Cup and see several other notable NHL prizes, including the Prince of Wales Trophy, the Conn Smythe Trophy and the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy. Wednesday marked only the third time this season that all the trophies were together for an event. The other two occasions were Sidney Crosby’s day with the Stanley Cup in Nova Scotia and Pittsburgh’s championship celebration.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton team officials estimated roughly 2,000 season ticket holders lined up to see the Cup, which was brought to the area from a previous event in Harrisburg.
“It’s a privilege and an honor to have this,” said Brian Coe, vice president of operations for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. “A lot of minor league teams don’t have this opportunity.”
The event ran from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Coe said people began lining up at 3 p.m. Ann Jarrow said she didn’t get to see the Stanley Cup when it was brought to the Mohegan Sun Casino last year, and she wasn’t about to miss another opportunity.
“We couldn’t believe it when we got here and saw the line,” she said. “But we weren’t going to waste this opportunity.”
Jerry Wiernusz, of Tunkhannock, waited in line for an hour with his son, Jerry. When they finally made it to the Stanley Cup, the father and son stood back-to-back with the trophy to signify Pittsburgh’s consecutive championships.
“Half of our boys from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton helped to win this trophy both seasons,” the elder Wiernusz said. “That really brought the Cup home.”
Coe said a team photographer took photos of every fan, which be will posted on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Facebook page and available for download. When Wednesday’s event concluded, the Stanley Cup was packed up for its next stop in Ottawa, Ontario, on Thursday.
There are three Stanley Cups, the original bowl and a replica, which stay in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, and a presentation cup which is taken to events.