PROVIDENCE, R.I., (SEPTEMBER 6, 2011) - The Providence Bruins and the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority (RICCA) announced today that the NHL's coveted Stanley Cup is coming to Providence Thursday, September 8, 2011. The Cup will be on display for the general public to see at the Rhode Island Convention Center Exhibit Hall A from 12:00pm - 2:30pm. Admission is free.

"We are excited to bring the Stanley Cup to Providence to kickoff our historic 20th Anniversary Season," said Jeff Fear, Providence Bruins CEO. "Our 20 year affiliation with the Boston Bruins is the longest standing relationship in the American Hockey League and we are thrilled the Boston Bruins have given us exclusive access to the Stanley Cup to share with Providence and the state of Rhode Island." Continued Fear, "Due to the busy Cup schedule, we understand this is short notice to some of our fans, but we are excited to host the Cup and irrespective of the timing, this is a historic day for hockey fans in Rhode Island."

"The Authority is pleased to be a part of this wonderful event with the Providence Bruins," said James Bennett, chairman of the RICCA. "Hockey has played an important role in our State's famed history and the Providence Bruins share in that history as well as in the future of hockey in Rhode Island."

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Governor Lincoln Chafee will be on hand for the celebration. Former Boston Bruin defensemen and current Assistant General Manager of the Boston Bruins, Don Sweeney, will also be in attendance along with Stanley Cup Champion and current P-Bruins Captain Trent Whitfield. Sweeney played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League, including 15 in a Bruins uniform. He is one of just two defensemen and four players in team history to play over 1,000 games in a Boston sweater and he still ranks third on the team's all-time games played list.