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In front of the Stanley Cup on Thursday, Los Angeles Kings hockey player and former Philadelphia Flyers player Justin Williams signs an autograph for Tyler Rossi, 13, of Somers Point.

Photo by Stefanie Campolo

Hundreds of people got to see the Stanley Cup on display in Ventnor and Atlantic City on Thursday afternoon.

Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams brought the most hallowed trophy in sports to City Hall in Ventnor, where he owns a summer home, and then to Caesars Atlantic City.

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Williams spent the first 41/2 seasons of his NHL career with the Philadelphia Flyers, from 2000-04. During that time, he met his wife, Kelly, who is from Glenolden, Pa., and has been going to the Jersey Shore her entire life.

“The first time I won the Cup (in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes), I brought it to my hometown in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, and enjoyed it for that time,” Williams said. “And now I spend my summers in this area. So I want to show people even though I play hockey thousands of miles away, I’m still kind of part of the community here and I enjoy living here.”

After being on display to the public for two hours at Caesars, the Cup was brought into Mia restaurant for a private party that also included Williams’ Kings teammate Jeff Carter, a Sea Isle City summer resident.

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