Cup Chronicles: It's a family affair

July, 23, 2012
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The man who guided the Los Angeles Kings from the eighth seed in the West to the Stanley Cup finals got his time with the Cup and he shared it with his large hockey family.

Coach Darryl Sutter, one of seven brothers, six of whom played in the NHL, had the Cup for two days in which he made plans to bring it to the Sutter Fund golf tournament, a couple of senior citizen's homes and a big party at the family farm in Viking, Alberta.

Among those joining in on the celebration were Sutter's son Christopher and his brothers Brent and Duane, who won the Cup together with the Islanders in 1983.

Brent Sutter told the Calgary Herald he was enjoying the family celebration with the Cup because when he won two Cups with the Islanders, you didn't get a day with the Cup and he didn't dare talk about it with his brothers back then.

You never even talked about the Stanley Cup because everyone was playing,” Brent Sutter told the paper. “It was just something you never did. You never showed your Stanley Cup rings to your family members because that’s what they wanted to have, too, obviously being in the same line of work and competing for the same thing. It was something you didn’t dare bring up at the kitchen table. It just didn’t get talked about.”

Darryl Sutter was also excited that the pig roast was a family affair.

“My brothers, Duane and Brent, their kids weren’t born when they won it, so they get to put on their (New York) Islanders (garb)," Darryl Sutter told the Calgary Sun.

Before the Sutter family got the Cup, assistant general manager Ron Hextall brought the Cup to Clear Lake, Manitoba. Hextall is the second member of his family to have his name on the Cup; his grandfather Bryan Hextall Sr. won it with the Rangers in 1940.

Ron Hextall's father and uncle both played in the NHL and his son Brett was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2008. Although the Coyotes and Kings faced off in the playoffs, Dennis Hextall told NHL.com there wasn't a family conflict because Brett wasn't playing at the time.

Colin Fraser got his first day with the Cup when the Chicago Blackhawks won in 2010. This time he brought the trophy to his in-laws home in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, and then marched with the Cup to a city-wide block party.

Photos: Cup hits the farm (LA Observed) »

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