SAINT JOHN – You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to end a perfect season.
Thousands showed up in Uptown Saint John this afternoon as the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup Champion Saint John Sea Dogs paraded down King Street. It was an absolutely beautiful day as fans packed streets and sidewalks.
The parade started at King Square and then turned down King Street. Players were on fire trucks, convertibles, and trucks and waved to an exuberant crowd of supporters ranging from all ages. Also involved were mascot Fleaburn, a Harbour Station Zamboni, and the team bus.
Sea Dogs captain Mike Thomas and forward Steven Anthony held the Memorial Cup in a car near the end of the parade.
The players exited their vehicles at the bottom of the hill and took part in a rally on the Market Square Boardwalk. Hosted by Sea Dogs play-by-play man Tim Roszell, the rally featured talks from Mayor Ivan Court, owner Scott McCain, president Wayne Long, Thomas, head coach Gerard Gallant, and a dance performed by Danick Gauthier.
News 88.9 and the CBC both have stories from today’s events.
SN’s photographer Marc Henwood has some great photos HERE.
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