Stanley Cup shore is popular at beach

Posted: July 18, 2014

CHRIS GRAMLICH has seen some cool things while delivering pizza to the beach, including dolphins (the kind that swim) and Ravens (the kind that play football).

The 23-year-old West Chester native, who works for Uncle Oogie's restaurant in Sea Isle City, N.J., said he often sees bottlenose acrobats leaping in the surf, and occasionally runs into quarterback Joe Flacco lounging on the sand.

But yesterday he saw something truly unique:

The Stanley Cup!

It's a tradition that each member of a Cup-winning team gets to take the trophy anywhere for a day. Former Flyers coach John Stevens - now an assistant with the NHL champion Los Angeles Kings, decided to bring it to Sea Isle, where he owns a home.

Specifically, he brought it to the town's beach patrol headquarters and to the 57th Street beach, where it was put on display in a life boat on the sand.

There, people lined up for an opportunity to see it close up.

"I called a couple of my buddies to go see it," said Gramlich, a recent Penn State grad who had the day off from his delivery job yesterday. "They didn't want to go, so I went down myself.

"The line was long, about four or five blocks. I didn't want to wait in it, so I got as close as I could, about 10 to 15 yards away and took a lot of pictures. The people who waited in line got to touch the Cup and get a picture with it, but I was happy just seeing it.

"It was definitely pretty cool. I'm glad I did it."

Gramlich hopes to eventually see the Cup again, when the Flyers win it all.

That day might not be that far off, according to Stevens.

"I think [the Flyers] are an up-and-coming team in the league," Stevens told KYW Newsradio, "so I'd be thrilled to see Philadelphia win a Cup. Because if this is the response from the Cup coming to a local town like Sea Isle, you can imagine what Philadelphia will do."

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