Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Stanley Cup makes the rounds in Ontario
By James Murphy
The Stanley Cup was winding down its tour through Ontario on Tuesday with a stop in Ottawa and a day with Chris Kelly.
Kelly, just as many other Bruins have done, immediately brought the Cup to a local children’s hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
"The one thing that I truly knew I wanted to do when I had the Cup was take it to CHEO, which is the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario," Kelly told Bostonbruins.com on Tuesday. "We had done things when I was with the Senators in the past. And just to put a smile on a kid’s face or a parent’s face -- for five minutes even -- was something that I wanted to do."
Prior to the cup arriving in Ottawa, it made six stops across the province that produced eight members of the 2010-11 Stanley Cup champions. Winger Daniel Paille took the Cup to his hometown of Welland and then to Niagara Falls, where he took the silver chalice on the Maid Of The Mist boat tour.
Rich Peverley enjoyed Lord Stanley’s company at a police station in Guelph, Ontario, and then brought it into the Sleeman Centre in a police car.
Shawn Thornton had the pleasure of finally doing something he's thought about since winning the Cup in 2007 with Anaheim -- taking it to the top of the CN Tower in Toronto.
Thornton, who also brought the Stanley Cup to Whitby and Oshawa, Ontario, said, “That was fun and we also brought it to the King Beer Market in Toronto, where one of my friends is one of the owners. But other than that, we did some pop-ins, did a big photo shoot at my parents, took it to the in-laws and just tried to relax and chill with it this time around,” he said.
Gregory Campbell took the Stanley Cup back to Kitchener, where he won a Memorial Cup with the Kitchener Rangers. Campbell hit up the Grand River Hospital and the Aud Arena, the home of the Rangers.
Rookie Tyler Seguin brought the Stanley Cup back to Brampton, where he attended a rally at Chinguacousy Park, stopped in at Westwood Arena (where he grew up playing hockey) and then visited the Hospital For Sick Children in downtown Toronto.
"I think you really want to share it with all the people ... doing appearances at rinks and seeing kids,” Seguin told Bostonbruins.com beat writer John Bishop. “I mean, it is my first time, so I want to take it a lot of places. And you know, when you win the Cup you want to share it with your hometown and many of the fans around. It's pretty crazy the amount of support we get, even on the street in Brampton ... so I want to share it with all of them."
Marc Savard took Lord Stanley to a local golf course in Peterborough.
Next up after Stanley’s travels through Ontario is a trip to Quebec City, where Patrice Bergeron will have his day, and then the Canadian northwest for Mark Recchi (Kamloops, British Columbia), Milan Lucic (Vancouver, British Columbia), Shane Hnidy (Neepawa, Manitoba) and Johnny Boychuk (Edmonton, Alberta).