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Stanley Cup visits SCV

Posted: September 7, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 7, 2012 2:00 a.m.

L.A. Kings fan Scott Shaeffer, left, had his photo taken with the NHL Stanley Cup which was on display at Ice Station Valencia on Thursday.

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Santa Clarita Valley residents stood with the Stanley Cup as cameras flashed and Los Angeles Kings fans filled the Ice Station Valencia on Thursday.

With their hands on the coveted National Hockey League trophy, 50 winners beat out hundreds of raffle participants for a reach at the cup.

“It was really a great thing to be able to have the cup here and to have our community take advantage of something like that,” said Roger Perez, owner of the Ice Station Valencia.

As part of a partnership between Los Angeles ice rinks and the Los Angeles Kings, the Stanley Cup is traveling to chosen rinks to help promote youth hockey programs.

“The fact that the cup was in Los Angeles was a pretty unusual thing,” Perez said. “We were chosen as one of the stations to display the cup.”

The skating rink has a partnership with the Los Angeles Kings to help provide kids with hockey opportunities who couldn’t otherwise play in youth leagues, Perez said.

All proceeds from the raffle sales will fund scholarships for local children to participate in youth hockey programs, Perez said. The ticket sales were believed to have raised “upwards of $2,500,” he said.

“We hold several events throughout the year where the Kings are the focus,” Perez said.

Kings players have visited the Ice Station Valencia to host clinics and skate with kids. Though none of the players were on hand Thursday, Kings mascot Bailey attended, as well as more than 200 community members and hockey fans.

“(Bailey) kept the room very light, always playing around,” Perez said.

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