Player's 'day' means more than Game 7 victory lap

Updated: August 17, 2006, 10:45 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

No matter how powerful the dreams, they are but a collection of dust mites compared to the reality of first holding the Stanley Cup.

But perhaps the purest essence of the Cup isn't in that moment of stretching it to the rafters in the moments after the final game but in what follows -- the experience of not just holding it, but of having it, being able to do what you want with it if just for a matter of hours.

It is both the reward and the challenge that faces all Stanley Cup ...

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