DUNNVILLE, Ontario, July 17 (UPI) -- Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton almost missed his chance to show off the Stanley Cup to his Canadian hometown Sunday when the trophy was late getting there.
Horton, a member of the NHL championship squad, was to display the cup at an event in the small Ontario town of Dunnville, but had to apologize to the hundreds of people who turned out in hot weather when it didn't show up, The Hamilton Spectator reported.
It turns out the cup didn't make a scheduled flight to Buffalo, N.Y., while the cup's guardian and handler, Howie Borrow, did, the newspaper said.
"I'm kind of embarrassed that we don't have the cup right now, but eventually it'll get here and hopefully everyone gets to see it," Horton told the Dunnville residents, apologizing for the tardiness.
The Spectator said it was the first time in Borrow's tenure as Cup Keeper it didn't make a scheduled appearance.
"I was just trying to stay calm, because I mean if it's not there, there's nothing you can do anyway," Borrow said.
The cup finally arrived in Dunnville about 2:15 p.m., 5 hours behind schedule, but still much to the delight of the fans, the newspaper said.