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Thomas will bring Stanley Cup to Burlington

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  August 16, 2011 08:42 AM

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Burlington, Vermont has seen the Stanley Cup on numerous occasions - most recently last fall when former University of Vermont strength and conditioning coach Paul Goodman, now with the Blackhawks, brought it to town, and in 2004, when former UVM forward Martin St. Louis won it with the Lightning. But it's safe to say the fervor over its next visit to the Queen City will be unmatched.

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas has earned a second day with Lord Stanley's Cup, and will bring it to his old collegiate stomping grounds, where there will be a parade from the Burlington waterfront to Church Street on Sept. 3. Thomas decided to bring the Cup to his hometown of Flint, Mich. with his initial day, which led some to wonder if the Conn Smythe and Vezina winner might get another chance to celebrate his team's title in the New England town where he blossomed.

Thomas, of course, was a star for the Catamounts from 1993-97, a period during which he compiled a school-record 81 wins in net, and helped Vermont make back-to-back trips to the NCAA tournament and the school's first trip to the Frozen Four in 1996.

The Labor Day weekend parade gets started at 9:30 a.m. Thomas will address the crowd at the top of Church Street following the festivities.

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Eric Wilbur is a Boston.com sports columnist who is still in awe of what Dana Kiecker pulled off that one time in Toronto. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and three children. Comments and suggestions for the best Buffalo wing spots are encouraged.

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