Noah Doran is pretty much the most popular kid in Fulton, N.Y., these days.
That’s one of the fringe benefits of winning the Stanley Cup.
Doran was the lucky winner of the Discover Day with the Cup contest, in which fans were asked to submit a photo and essay finishing the statement, “I deserve a day with the Stanley Cup because ... ." Doran described bonding with his father, Rob, during weekend hockey outings and how playing youth hockey has eased the transition while his dad serves a third tour of duty for the Army in Afghanistan.
This past Sunday was the big day, as the official caretaker of the Cup, Phil Pritchard, brought the famed trophy to the Doran home in a limousine. From there, the Dorans traveled with the Cup to their local rink, where Noah and his team scrimmaged and threw a party.
Later, Noah and his mother, Heather, shared the moment with Rob via Skype. Since Noah and Rob are big New Jersey Devils fans, Pritchard made sure to push the Cup close enough to the webcam for Rob to read the names of Devils players from their most recent championship, in 2003.
“That was precious,” Heather said. “It was like a dream. That was amazing.”
Noah is 10 years old, but he already knew that players traditionally aren’t supposed to touch the Cup until they win it.
“Noah was very superstitious about touching the Cup,” Heather said. “All of his hockey friends were touching it and kissing it. ... Finally, Phil says, ‘Come on, Noah, are you gonna touch it?’ All these cameras were in [Noah’s] face. So Phil says, ‘Well, technically, you can touch it. You won it.’ [Noah] finally gave in and touched it.”
Noah said his favorite parts of the day were “getting to touch the Stanley Cup” and “seeing Martin Brodeur’s name on there.” Noah learned about the height, weight and history of the Cup from Pritchard, and shared the experience with his 7-year-old sister, Jade, and his 4-year-old brother, Ethan.
The experience isn’t over yet, though. Pritchard gave Noah his business card and invited the Dorans to visit him at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto when Rob returns home.
“Awesome,” Noah said.