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Stanley Cup Visit Draws Crowd to Region

Fans from the Inland Empire and beyond flocked to the region for the chance to take a picture with hockey's holy grail.

Thousands of fans lined up as early as 7 a.m. Sunday for the chance to have a few seconds with a silver trophy.

That's the lure of the Stanley Cup, many of those in line expressed while waiting outside the Ayers Hotel and Suites in Ontario.

Jack Ferreira, the special assistant to the General Manager for the Los Angeles Kings, used his day with the Stanley Cup to share it with fans in the Inland Empire. Ferreira lives in Riverside.

The Cup, and its keeper from the Hockey Hall of Fame, made stops at San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland -- where player Dustin Penner also signed autographs. It went from there to the Ontario hotel, which is the official hotel of the Ontario Reign, a minor league affiliate of the Kings. From there, it went to Romano's, a restaurant in Riverside, for a private family meal before meeting the public.

Lines were long at all the locations, with an estimated 2,000 lining up at the Ontario location -- some coming from as far as Simi Valley.

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