Ross Colton brings Stanley Cup back to Robbinsville, NJ

ROBBINSVILLE – Tampa Bay Lightning player Ross Colton presented the Stanley Cup in his hometown on Friday.

The rookie’s lone goal in Game 5 on July 7 secured Tampa Bay the NHL Championship with a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Following an NHL tradition started by the New Jersey Devils in 1995, Colton and all the players on the winning team spend the day with the Cup.

Colton won the Cup at IceLand in nearby Hamilton, where he played youth hockey and then coached. He brought it to Jo-Jo’s Tavern & Restaurant also in Hamilton for lunch. He also stopped by his hairdresser for a haircut.

The Cup returned to Robbinsville for a meeting with Mayor Dave Fried and Councilor Ron Witt before nearly 400 people greeted them as they were presented with a key to the township.

“He was very personable and posed with fans for photos for over 90 minutes,” said township spokesman John Nalbone at New Jersey 101.5.

Colton was the first to win the Cup, although he wasn’t sure she would get to Robbinsville on time. He was in Montreal for repairs after the top bowl was dented during the Lightning’s parade of boats in Tampa on Monday to celebrate their victory. Ironically, he was sent to Montreal for repairs before being flown to New Jersey for Colton’s party.

Colton will bring the cup to the Jersey Shore on Friday night and to the LBI Hotel.

Ross Colton of Robbinsville NJ brings home the Stanley Cup

Ross Colton, the rookie whose only Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Tampa Lightning, won the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Robbinsville on July 16, 2021.

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