NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. - For NHL fans, seeing Lord Stanley's Cup in person would be a dream come true.
This dream became a reality for 104-year-old Desire "Dave" Caissie, a former Northbridge resident and die-hard Boston Bruins fan.
Following the Black and Gold's Game 7 victory in the Stanley Cup finals, the Cup has traveled throughout Massachusetts, Canada, and around the world. On Friday night, it stood next to Caissie at St. Patrick's Manor nursing home in Framingham, where he is currently a patient.
Over the last three months, the Caissie family as well as loved ones and friends have worked around the clock to bring the Cup to the seasoned hockey fan.
In an effort to spread the word to a larger audience, his grandson Bruce Caissie created a Facebook group entitled “Bring the Stanley Cup to Desire “Dave” Caissie”.
In addition to the Facebook group, Bruce and fellow supporters made phone calls and mailed letters to various members of the Bruins organization, local government officials and TD Garden anthem singer Rene Rancourt.
Caissie's passion for the B's began in the 1930's and carried through the 1950's, as he read the latest hockey stories in local newspapers or listened to games on the radio.
His grandson recalls that just days after Bobby Orr signed with the Bruins in 1966, Caissie started recording every Bruins' box score, which he continued to do up until the late 2000's.
While the Stanley Cup showing was kept to just family and nursing home staff members, photographs shared by Caissie's grandson depict the emotion and joy of this hockey fan's dream come true.