Cobourg was the centre of the hockey universe on Saturday when the Stanley Cup and hometown hockey star Justin Williams came to town. Following a parade down King Street which attracted thousands of locals and visitors, Williams took to the stage in the band shell at Victoria Park.
Not only was Williams part of the Stanley Cup winning Los Angeles Kings, he was also named MVP of the playoffs with nine goals and 16 assists. This was also Williams third Stanley Cup win.
Riding down King Street on a float, Williams was accompanied by his wife Kelly, son Jaxon and daughter Jade. Williams was also accompanied by some important hardware, Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy (awarded to the most valuable player of the playoffs) and Clarence S. Campbell Bowl (the Western Conference championship trophy).
During his time on the stage at Victoria Park,
Williams was also honoured with a sign which read: "Welcome to Cobourg, Home of Stanley Cup Champions Justin Williams & Steve Smith".
The sign will be displayed on both entrances to town.
“There's really no limit to how hard you can work in your life," Williams told the crowd. "whether it be in the classroom, on the field or in a hockey rink. You're only limited by your mind and what you think you can accomplish."
Williams said he was told "no" many times in his life.
"Prove them wrong and believe in yourself, said Williams.