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Doughty gets the party started early

Thursday, 08.23.2012 / 2:39 PM / Los Angeles Kings | News
By Dave Lozo  - NHL.com Staff Writer
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Doughty gets the party started early

LONDON, Ont. -- It's never too early to start a party with the Stanley Cup, and Drew Doughty proved that Thursday.

The Kings' defenseman rolled out of bed to greet the Cup outside his home. Also waiting for him was his grandfather, Edward, with a homemade jug of white wine with a Guelph Storm logo painted on the side of it.

Grandpa implored his grandson to drink from it, and he obliged. The entire family sipped from the Cup in Doughty's kitchen before bringing it poolside in the backyard for some more celebratory imbibing.

Doughty's family -- including his billet family from his junior days in Guelph -- posed for photos with the Cup.

The party is expected to last until about 11 a.m. The group will board a party bus -- no drinking and driving -- that will take everyone to Doughty's youth rink and a nearby golf course where fans can view the Cup.

UPDATE 12:58PM - LONDON, Ont. -- Once family time concluded, Drew Doughty shared the Cup with his neighbors. Kids and adults alike took photos in a nearby park and signed autographs as well.

From there, Doughty and his family boarded a bus for city hall, where the town's mayor honored them with a plaque in the shape of the city's emblem. Jeff Carter, also a London native who will have his own day with the Cup on Friday, joined the party with his family.

Doughty and Carter proceeded to climb atop a police rescue vehicle with the Cup and led a small procession to the Joseph Labatt Center, home of the OHL's London Knights.

The Cup was put on display at center ice for the 1,000 or so fans who attended while Carter and Doughty toured the arena and locker room.

There are a few more stops left on a day that's expected to conclude at about 4 p.m.

Photos via @Keeperofthecup and @Dave_Sandford