The Stanley Cup's journey through Ontario ended last week, making a stop in Ottawa for visits with Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien, both natives of the Ottawa area, as well as director of amateur scouting Wayne Smith and Ottawa-based scouts Mike Chiarelli and Jack Higgins. The Cup then was shipped to Quebec City for Patrice Bergeron’s day, and then south to Atlantic City for Dennis Seidenberg’s day.
Seidenberg, who resides in south Jersey during the summer, brought the Cup to a local arena and out in the harbor, then held a private party at Caesars Atlantic City, where he and friends were able to drink champagne from the oldest bottle of champagne (1729) in the world out of the oldest sports trophy, the Stanley Cup. As Seidenberg told ESPNBoston.com late Wednesday afternoon, all of the ancient bubbly didn't find its intended target.
“It was pretty funny because we’re drinking the oldest champagne in the world and my buddy spilled it all over himself when he was drinking out of the Stanley Cup,” Seidenberg said. “We had a great time though. It was a busy but fun time.”
This past weekend, Patrice Bergeron had two days with the Stanley Cup in historic Quebec City, where he grew up cheering for the Nordiques and hoping to one day to hoist the Cup. Bergeron brought the Cup to his alma mater, Seminaire Saint-Francois, where the players on the school's midget AAA team unexpectedly got to pose with him and the Stanley Cup.
"We went to ... my old midget AAA team that I played for one year when I was 16 years old, and it's pretty much where it all started for me -- all the goals and big dreams of one day playing in the NHL -- so I wanted to give that opportunity to them,” Bergeron told the Bruins' website. "I called the organization and I told them I don’t want any kids to know about it, and that I wanted them to be surprised over it and it worked. Their reaction was fun."
He also visited a local children’s hospital and hoisted the silver chalice in front of an estimated 1,000 people at Espace 400e Bell in the Port du Quebec.
Chiarelli got to have his day with Lord Stanley on his 47th birthday (Aug. 5).
"At my uncle's place, there was a birthday party and they brought out a cake there at the end," Chiarelli told bostonbruins.com. "And then we went to the Marshes Golf and Country Club where my wife and I invited friends for a small gathering ... and there was another birthday cake there.”
Chiarelli also brought the Cup to his alma mater, the University of Ottawa Law School, the Nepean Corona School of Gymnastics where his wife and daughter both trained, and as any good Canadian would, to a local Tim Horton’s.
Coach Claude Julien also was able to spend some quality time with family, friends and the Cup, but he made sure to take the trophy to a spot it had visited before.
"We just started off the morning and took the Cup across the street to the Rideau Canal," Julien told Bostonbruins.com. "We wanted to get a little family picture with [daughter] Katryna and [wife] Karen and myself with us by the canal, and with the Parliament building in the background. It was pretty neat because the first time that Cup was won by the Ottawa Senators one of the players ended up throwing it into the canal. From what I hear the coach ended up having to fish it out. That’s probably something pretty unique, but that’s something that happened there, so I was right next to the canal where that happened."
The Stanley Cup is continuing its travels this week and still will have days with Tim Thomas (Flint, Mich.), Mark Recchi (Kamloops, British Columbia, Milan Lucic (Vancouver), Shane Hnidy (Neepawa, Manitoba) and Johnny Boychuk (Edmonton) before coming back east to be with Adam McQuaid (Prince Edward Island), Brad Marchand (Halifax, Nova Scotia), Michael Ryder (Newfoundland) and Andrew Ference (Boston).