Thursday, August 18, 2011
Cup makes a return to British Columbia
The Stanley Cup is continuing its whirlwind tour with Bruins players, coaches, scouts and management, and last weekend it returned to the province of British Columbia -- where the 2010-11 Bruins hoisted the trophy for the first time at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on June 15.
Bruins president and Hall of Famer Cam Neely had his second day with the Cup after bringing it to Martha’s Vineyard on Aug. 10; Mark Recchi got a day with Lord Stanley for the third time in his career; and for the first time in his career, Milan Lucic spent the day with the Cup in his native Vancouver.
Neely took the Cup back to his native Maple Ridge, British Columbia, to “The Cam Neely Arena” as well as to his former home, where unfortunately for the current residents they weren’t there to greet the Stanley Cup. Probably the most special place he brought it to was Belcarra Regional Park in Port Moody and the spot in the Burrard Inlet where his parents’ ashes were spread.
For Recchi's day with the Cup, he brought it to Kamloops, the town he grew up in and where he is part owner of a WHL team, the Kamloops Blazers. Recchi made sure to stop at the Royal Inland Hospital, where he was born. Over the last six months, Recchi has led the RIH Foundation's efforts to raise $3 million toward renovations for the Intensive Care Unit. Recchi held a $500-a-head luncheon to raise money for the cause and so far the foundation has collected more than $2 million. Recchi also spent some time with the Kamloops Mounted Patrol and took pictures in front of an old family home along the Kamloops Heritage Railway. He finished his day off at a private gathering at his parents’ house.
“Great time,” Recchi told ESPNBoston.com on Thursday. “It never gets old, I’ll tell you that. And to seal off my final season with another one of these days is just incredible.”
Vancouver native Milan Lucic became the only Bruin to hoist the Cup a second time in that city, taking the trophy on a lunch cruise in the harbor there with family and friends.
Lucic also paid homage to his family roots, taking the Stanley Cup to the Serbian Cultural Center.
"First I took it to the Serbian Cultural Center here, where the church is and I saw folks there," Lucic told NHL.com. "I took it there because it's obviously a pretty good support group I get from ... the Serbian people here. We have a pretty strong group [in Vancouver] and this year has been a pretty good year for us. I won the Stanley Cup, Peja Stojakovic won the NBA championship and Novak Djokovic is doing what he's doing in tennis. So it's been a good year for us, so I thought that'd be a pretty good idea."
Lucic enjoyed every second of his day with Lord Stanley.
"Everyone here has supported me from when I was a kid and, you know what, I feel like one of the luckiest players in the NHL because I have the support group that I do," Lucic told NHL.com. "It's a great group here today and the thing I wanted to do was share the day with them. I'm happy I've been able to do that. I just wish it would never end."
The Stanley Cup was scheduled to visit Shane Hnidy (Neepawa, Manitoba) and Johnny Boychuk (Edmonton, Alberta) and then head back east to Tim Thomas (Flint, Mich. and Burlington, Vt.) Adam McQuaid (Prince Edward Island) Michael Ryder (Newfoundland) Brad Marchand (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and Andrew Ference (Boston).