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DETROIT -- NHL senior PR man Frank Brown handed a phone over to Sidney Crosby during Friday night's Stanley Cup on-ice celebrations at Joe Louis Arena.
It was none other than Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the other end of the line. An animated Crosby had quite a bit to say to his country's leader.
There was no call from President Barack Obama, but, hey, Sid will get to meet him sometime next season when his team makes the traditional trip to the White House.
Hey, Dad, I'm next!
Henry Staal's cell phone rang a few moments after the buzzer sounded Friday night. It was New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, Henry's second-oldest son.
"He said, 'I'm next," Henry Staal said with a laugh.
At this rate, who's not to believe Marc? Eric Staal won a Cup with Carolina in 2006 and now Jordan is victorious in 2009. The Staal clan from Thunder Bay, Ontario, is getting familiar with the silver trophy.
"But you never get used to this feeling," said Henry.
There was a nice moment more than an hour after the game when Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski walked over near the visitors' dressing room and congratulated former New Jersey Devils teammate Petr Sykora. You never get tired of seeing the kind of sportsmanship that is so often prevalent in hockey.
Hockey fans in Stockholm, Sweden, were big losers Friday night, as well. The Detroit Red Wings open next season in the Swedish capital against the St. Louis Blues, but the Stanley Cup won't be there with them.
The presence of Lord Stanley's mug caused quite a stir when the Anaheim Ducks brought it to London in September 2007. Ironically, the Penguins opened this season in Stockholm in October, but also didn't have the Cup with them because they lost to the Wings in last season's finals.
Can't we get this right?