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Grey Cup's great northern trip

 

 

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This article was published 27/10/2015 (1623 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Intrepid reporter Jeff Hamilton recently completed an eight-day journey through northern Manitoba with the CFL's most cherished chalice.

The Grey Cup made its way up to Churchill and back, a route that covered more than 1,700 kilometres and 11 different towns and communities -- 24 events in total, including stops in The Pas, Flin Flon, Snow Lake and Thompson.

Here are some of the highlights of his trip:

 

Jeff Hamilton

Jeff Hamilton
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After a slew of injuries playing hockey that included breaks to the wrist, arm, and collar bone; a tear of the medial collateral ligament in both knees; as well as a collapsed lung, Jeff figured it was a good idea to take his interest in sports off the ice and in to the classroom.

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Former Blue Bombers Doug Brown (right) and Brett MacNeil pose for a picture with a group of eager kids in Snow Lake. The trophy was in town as part of an eight-day tour through northern Manitoba to help promote the Grey Cup game in Winnipeg this year. (Jeff Hamilton / Winnipeg Free Press)
The CFL's cherished chalice travels to Churchill...with stops in between
Photos by: Jeff Hamilton
Students at Riverside School in Thompson brave the cold to shoot a group pic with the Grey Cup. The trophy visited seven schools in total that day and included a visit from former Bombers players Doug Brown and Brett MacNeil, who spoke about the importance of getting a good education, as well as the effects of bullying.  (Jeff Hamilton / Winnipeg Free Press)
The Grey Cup visited many cool places over the week, but none more intriguing than a bear den. The Trophy was flown by helicopter to a remote forest near churchill. (Jeff Hamilton / Winnipeg Free Press)
Bombers fans flocked from all over to see the Grey Cup up close. This family from Thompson proved their allegiance to the Blue and Gold, showing up with their truck painted in team colours.
Two Bombers fans gaze at the Grey Cup from a distance in an event at The Pas. The trophy was in town as part of an eight-day tour through northern Manitoba to help promote the Grey Cup game in Winnipeg this year. (Jeff Hamilton / Winnipeg Free Press)
The Grey Cup poses for a shot on a dock in The Pas. The trophy was in town as part of an eight-day tour through northern Manitoba to help promote the Grey Cup game in Winnipeg this year. (Jeff Hamilton / Winnipeg Free Press)
This little guy can't contain his excitement to meet the Grey Cup, posing for a picture using both the thumbs up and hang-loose signs.  (Jeff Hamilton / Winnipeg Free Press)
Winnipeg Free Press sports reporter Jeff Hamilton poses for a selfie with Grade 5 and 6 students at Joseph H. Kerr School in Snow Lake. The trophy was in town as part of an eight-day tour through northern Manitoba to help promote the Grey Cup game in Winnipeg this year.
Students at Juniper School in Thompson were delivered a real treat this week - an up-close-and-personal look at the Grey Cup. Juniper was one seven schools the Cup visited that day as part of an anti-bullying campaign. (Jeff Hamilton / Winnipeg Free Press)
A polar-bear, unbeknownst, poses for a picture with the Grey Cup. The trophy was in Churchill as part of an eight-day tour through northern Manitoba to help promote the Grey Cup game in Winnipeg this year. (Michel LaRiviere / Travel Manitoba)
The Cup stopped off at the Boys and Girls Club in Thompson. Kids got to touch the cup and pose for a picture with former Bombers Doug Brown and Brett MacNeil. (Michel LaRiviere / Travel Manitoba)
The Grey Cup poses for a shot on a dock in The Pas. The trophy was in town as part of an eight-day tour through northern Manitoba to help promote the Grey Cup game in Winnipeg this year. (Jeff Hamilton / Winnipeg Free Press)
The Grey Cup overlooking the town of Flin Flon. The trophy was in town as part of an eight-day tour through northern Manitoba to help promote the Grey Cup game in Winnipeg this year. (Jeff Hamilton / Winnipeg Free Press)
The Grey Cup made its way to McIsaac School in Flin Flon. The trophy was in town as part of an eight-day tour through northern Manitoba to help promote the Grey Cup game in Winnipeg this year. (Jeff Hamilton / Winnipeg Free Press)
Juniper Elementary School, home of the Jaguars, pose for a group photo with the Grey Cup. The trophy was in town as part of an eight-day tour through northern Manitoba to help promote the Grey Cup game in Winnipeg this year.
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