Stanley Cup comes to Seaforth and no one is more pumped than 99-year-old Granny O’Reilly

Ryan O’Reilly shares the Stanley Cup with his 99-year-old grandmother. He says “granny” has bought him a lot of skates and equipment over the years. (Allison Devereaux/ CBC News )

When the Stanley Cup arrived at Seaforth and Area Fire Department, St. Louis Blues centre Ryan O’Reilly walked directly to his grandmother, Deirdre O’Reilly, to share the moment. 

“It was just a wonderful feeling when I saw him,” the 99-year-old said. “I wanted to squeeze the life out of him,” said O’Reilly, whose grandson credits her for his competitive streak.  

Deirdre O’Reilly wore a jewelled tiara, “something they plunked on my head,” with  ”Granny O’Reilly” handwritten on the front. 

“I knew they put something on but I didn’t know my name was up there. I’m advertised well, aren’t I?” she said. 

O’Reilly has the Stanley Cup for 24 hours on Thursday. He bought it home to Seaforth and Goderich, Ont. for two parades and photo ops. O’Reilly also brought home the Conn Smythe Trophy and Frank J. Selke Trophy as he led the Blues past the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final.

A parade was also held in Goderich with hundreds of people gathering to show their support for Ryan O’Reilly. (Submitted photograph)

Future players? Youngsters lined the main street in Seaforth, Ont. to catch a glimpse of the Stanley Cup and hometown hero Ryan O’Reilly. (Submitted photograph)

“It’s just one of those indescribable moments, you’re so proud of him,” said Mark Chaput, whose son played hockey with O’Reilly. 

“I remember him almost getting frostbitten at our house because he wouldn’t come off the ice in the backyard,” said his wife, Glenda Chaput. 

She was overcome with emotion while watching O’Reilly hoist the cup in his hometown. 

“It was awesome, because he worked so hard for it,” she said. 

Ryan O’Reilly credits the support of his greater “Huron County” family for helping him succeed. (Allison Devereaux/ CBC News )

Braden Hulley, of Hensall, Ont., says he expects the St. Louis Blues to retire O’Reilly’s number. (Allison Devereaux/ CBC News )

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