KITCHENER — Just six years ago, Tanner Pearson was a stick boy for the Kitchener Rangers.

On Sunday, the Stanley Cup-winning forward for the Los Angeles Kings hoisted the prize high above his head in the Rangers dressing room. What a difference a few short years makes. After his stop at the Aud, Pearson arrived at Kitchener City Hall with the Cup in tow to the cheers and applause of hundreds of fans who turned out for their hockey hero’s homecoming.

“It was a dream come true,” the Kings rookie said of his 12-point playoff run. “It’s an honour to be able to bring it back.”

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