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Los Angeles Kings center Colin Fraser looks like a Canadian pied piper as hundreds of fans follow him to downtown Sylvan Lake to celebrate his day with the Stanley Cup.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Stanley Cup fans stopped for photos in downtown Sylvan Lake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Kings center Colin Fraser shares the Stanley Cup with friends as he hosts a party at Moxie's restaurant in Red Deer, where he played Junior Hockey.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Calder Fraser, 18 months, cradles a replica Stanley Cup trophy as his father, Kings center Colin Fraser, prepares for his day with the real trophy.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Kings center Colin Fraser and son Calder hoist Stanley Cups together on the banks of Sylvan Lake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Calder Fraser looks at his father's Stanley Cup championship ring as they share a ride on party boat on Sylvan Lake. Fraser's ring represents the NHL championship he won as a Chicago Blackhawk in 2010.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Members of the Sylvan Lake Lakers hockey club wait on the dock for Colin Fraser to arrive with the Stanley Cup.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Kings center Colin Fraser arrives with the Stanley Cup to a dock full of fans as he brings the trophy to his hometown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Kings center Colin Fraser sneaks into the backyard of a neighbor's home for a photo with the Stanley Cup. The neighbor, who was away on vacation, is a devout Calgary Flames fan, so Fraser donned a Kings jersey and stood on his deck for a photo next to a barbecue with a Flames logo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Kings center Colin Fraser stands nearby as a friend kisses the Stanley Cup at a party at Moxie's restaurant in Red Deer.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

A neighbor rushes over to touch the Stanley Cup as Kings center Colin Fraser carries it to his backyard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Mara Jones, 6 weeks old, is held in the Stanley Cup for a photo by her brother, Andrew, at a party hosted by Kings center Colin Fraser at Moxie's restaurant.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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By Robert Gauthier

Business is brisk at the Big Moo ice cream parlor in Sylvan Lake, Canada.

With their cones melting, vacationers stroll along Lakeshore Drive as the setting sun glistens off the restless water of Sylvan Lake in this small but growing vacation spot centered between Calgary and Edmonton.

Today, it’s home to the Stanley Cup.

Los Angeles Kings center Colin Fraser played junior hockey in nearby Red Deer, where he met his wife Carli, before being drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2003.

Hundreds file in behind Fraser as he cradled the Stanley Cup. Flanked by Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers Kevin Halwa and Marrla Boxhall, he walked 200 yards from the dock to a podium in the town square. Rock music thumped as a pulse of excitement courses through the thickening crowd. A line of people snakes in a U-shape for nearly a block, many wearing white gloves, patiently waiting for their brush with history and an autograph.

The Cup bakes in the midday sun as Fraser sits nearby, artfully signing autographs and engaging in seconds of chit-chat.

Still young at 27, Fraser’s considered a senior member of the Kings. He is also one of a few that already have their names engraved on the Cup. Raser was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks two years ago when they won.

“I feel very fortunate that I have won not only once, but twice. It’s just a little calmer the second time around,” Fraser said.

“The first time around on the ice, the excitement, the energy, the craziness – I was the guy right in there.”

The second time, it was a little more surreal, he said. “You kind of sit back, take a breath, and think about what’s going on versus just jumping in the party.”

More than a month earlier, minutes after the Kings’ 6-1 Game 6 win over the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center, Fraser skated with his toddler son, Calder, on an empty corner of the rink as his teammates focused their attention on the Stanley Cup and a chance to raise it on the ice.

Calder’s arms outstretched like an airplane, they both flew effortlessly together. Colin on the lightness of victory, Calder on the joy of being with his dad.

“With him on the ice was just one of those things you see growing up. You see other guys doing this and it’s something you always want to do,” said Colin.

“I got to do it with my son, and hopefully he gets to do it one day with his son.”

Back in Sylvan Lake, Calder poses for pictures with his father. Lifting a miniature Cup replica as Colin raises the real thing. It’s the last time for the King as his day with the trophy soon ends.

“He won’t remember it, but he has the pictures, and he has the proof to show his friends as he grows up,” Colin said.

“It’s just one of those special moments that you can’t really explain unless you have your own children.”

2 Comments

  1. July 23, 2012, 3:47 pm

    Great photos Rob, it was a pleasure meeting you and watching you work. Dale and Shari

    By: sdbritton@shaw.ca
  2. July 25, 2012, 3:29 pm

    Rob it was so great meeting you! Great Article

    By: Lindsay

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