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BOSTON -- The Stanley Cup will return to Vancouver, British Columbia, at some point this summer.
While Canucks fans probably won’t be too happy about that, Bruins forward Milan Lucic and his family and friends will be pumped to host, and hoist, the Cup in his hometown of Vancouver.
“I’ve definitely thought about it. I was thinking about taking it back to my high school and maybe the rink I started playing hockey,” Lucic said Sunday. “I’ll also take it up Grouse Mountain. It’ll be really cool to take a picture up there overlooking the city. Obviously, I’ll spend some time with it with my family. It’s going to be crazy, but we have to enjoy it for ourselves.
“My parents are more than excited. It almost got personal in the end because we were playing the Canucks and my parents were getting a lot of heat from coworkers, but they’re obviously excited we were able to win, and I was able to win. When I do have my day, it’ll be a special time. It’s something we’ve really worked hard for.”
Sticking with tradition, each Bruins player, coach and trainer will get an allotted day with the Stanley Cup this offseason to do with as he pleases. The NHL will soon set up a schedule of who gets the Cup when after the players all submit their request for when they’d like to have it. Other people associated with the organization can petition to get it for a day, as well.
Here’s what some Bruins have planned for their allotted time with the Cup:
• Tim Thomas: "It'll be going to Flint, Michigan. I've had a lot of family and friends that have been supporting me for a long time. I want to reward them by sharing the Cup with them for a day. Possibly I may get it for a second day. If that’s the case, I may be able to share it with a whole other group of people, [possibly in Vermont]."
• Andrew Ference: "I'm locked in to have it here in Boston in the North End. It's like planning a wedding though. I batted it back and forth about going home where I grew up or where I've spent the summers the last few years. You know, honestly it means more to have it here. We've made our home here. It almost feels like a vacation when we go back to Canada. The girls, they're in school, so we have tons of friends outside of hockey in the neighborhood. It means a lot to the people in the city."
• Claude Julien: “Well I started thinking about it. And the biggest thing that comes to mind, you want to share it. It’s not mine it’s ours. I think our fans here know that by now. Same thing when you bring it home, there are so many people that made an impact in your life. And there are some people who are deserving of seeing it. You look for the best charity you can at that point and try to share it with them. But it will certainly be with that and people who have had an impact on your life. So I will certainly make the best of it. And that’s one thing I will take time to plan carefully and do it the best I can.”
• David Krejci: “Yeah, I’m going to go home to my hometown [in the Czech Republic] and share it with my family, my friends and a few other people back home.”
• Tyler Seguin: “Yeah, it’s tough to say right now. I haven’t been trying to think about it at all because I knew I was going to jinx it so right now, I have in mind, just taking it to the rink where I learned to play hockey, which was, you know, I think I’ll do something there. And maybe just bring it around Toronto.”
• Shawn Thornton: “No, [don’t have any plans for my day with the Cup,] not yet. I haven’t thought about much in the last three days, I’m not going to lie to you. It’s been a rough one.”
• Patrice Bergeron: “I’ve thought about a couple of things but it’s still something I need to think about and it’s going to be a special day, that’s for sure. I’ll share it with my family and friends but I’m not sure exactly what I’ll do all day.”
• Tomas Kaberle: “Yeah, I got a pretty good idea. I would bring it home where I grew up playing hockey [in the Czech Republic] to share it with my friends and closest family. And I’m sure it’s going to be a nice day at the village where I live.”
• Zdeno Chara: “I haven’t yet [decided what I’ll do on my day with the Cup]. Obviously we were quite busy with the things we were doing over here but I’ll put more thought into it.”
• Tuukka Rask: “I’m just going to have a family day. Just keep it in the family and a couple friends, that’s about it. I don’t want to do anything too crazy with it. Just show it to the family and friends and stay quiet.”
• Rich Peverley: “I’m just going to take it back to my hometown [in Ontario] and I think maybe spend a little personal time with it and maybe go out and have fun with friends.”
• Adam McQuaid: “Take it back home, obviously. I’m not sure of the exact details, but there are a lot of things I’d like to do with it but I don’t have enough time to do everything.”
• Johnny Boychuk: “I have no clue yet. I have no clue at all. I haven’t even thought about it, well I thought about it, but I just don’t know what I’m going to do.”
What would you do with the Cup if you had it for a day? Let us know in the comments section of this blog entry.
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