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Smiles all around
08.13.2011 / 5:14 PM ET
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - The Pediatric Ward at Royal Inland Hospital is full of joy this afternnoon as local hero Mark Recchi has brought national hero Stanley Cup to the patients, nurses and doctors.
Recchi is signing autographs on papers, jerseys, hats and even casts. He is posing for pictures with just about everybody here, including parents of the patients.
He had a special meeting with one of the young patients who has his own private room. As Joseph lay in his bed, the Stanley Cup next to him, the nurses kept coming in and out of the room commenting on how excited he is and how much this means to him.
"What a memory," was the comment I heard the most.
As soon as Recchi walked into the ward, nurses and doctors started to pop their heads out of the rooms and scramble for their cameras.
Every one of them jumped in to get a photo with Recchi and the Cup.
He was carrying the 35-pound trophy everywhere and starting to sweat, but Recchi's smile was huge. This is something he so wanted to do, bring the Cup to the kids and all those who care for them.
Of course, there was one person walking around who saw the Cup and wanted an autograph, but she didn't know who Mark was.
"It's OK," Recchi said. "All you have to know is we beat the Canucks."
The groans afterward were quite audible.
-- Dan Rosen
Making an impact
08.13.2011 / 3:10 PM ET
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - The words had to touch Mark Recchi.
"You can beat Vancouver all you want, you'll always be an icon here."
Recchi heard that from one of the 25 people at the private fundraising luncheon at The Brownestone on Victoria Street this afternoon.
He's not an only an icon in Kamloops for what he did on the ice in his hockey career. Recchi has been a longtime and significant contributor to the fundraising efforts at Royal Inland Hospital, where he was born.
He previously donated $100,000 to the cancer ward and for the last six months Recchi has been at the forefront of the RIH Foundation's effort to raise $3 million toward renovations for the Intensive Care Unit.
With his name in front of the campaign, the Foundation has raised over $2 million. They have $919,933 to go and six months to do it.
They'll shave some of that number down with today's $500 a head luncheon with Recchi and the Stanley Cup.
Recchi also recently announced that the Kamloops Blazers, the local WHL team, has joined in the fundraising efforts. Recchi is part-owner of the Blazers.
"To get the opportunity to help out is great and I'm glad I'm making a difference, which is what you want to do," Recchi told his high-paying philanthropic audience. "We're going to get to that $3 million. I'm proud to be a part of it."
Veronica Carroll, the executive officer for the RIH Foundation, gushed over Recchi's involvement for such a meaningful cause in the comunity.
"His image and stature and what he means to our community as a Kamloops boy born in the hospital is fabulous," Carroll told NHL.com. "The fact that the community knows him and loves him is just wonderful."
-- Dan Rosen
He's got it again
08.13.2011 / 1:50 PM ET
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Mark Recchi has done this before, but it doesn't get old. When Walt Neubrand handed him the Cup in front of his old family home here just after 10 a.m. local time, Recchi quipped, "It doesn't get lighter."
He obviously doesn't care. Recchi started his day here on, of all places, Mark Recchi Way, which is the same street where his dad grew up and his brother Marty now lives with his family. He lives in the same house that their father, Mel, grew up in.
The Recchis invited four members of the Kamloops Mounted Patrol to come over and take pictures behind the house alongside the Kamloops Heritage Railway. Even the four horses are posing. Recchi is an honarary member of the Kamloops Mounted Patrol, a volunteer group that tasks itself with keeping the parks around town safe and welcoming celebrities like Recchi back to town.
Rick Wanless, the director of the Mounted Patrol, told NHL.com that Recchi is the biggest celebrity in Kamloops and "probably the biggest we will ever have here." Recchi also brought the Cup here and shared it with the Mounted Patrol after winning it in 2006. Recchi's parents, Ruth and Mel, have known Wanless for years. Wanless, in fact, led the charge to get the street named Mark Recchi Way.
-- Dan Rosen
BostonBruins.com -- Despite all of his years in the NHL and his three Stanley Cup championships, Mark Recchi admitted that he was a little nervous as he waited for Lord Stanley's bowl to arrive on Saturday morning.
"We're going to make it as laid back a day as I can," he said. "But I'm still really excited and still getting nervous [because] the Cup is coming here."
Even with the excitement, Recchi said that he is definitely not thinking about giving it another go come September.
"You know, just because it ended my career on a high note," he said of his reasoning. "This was the best kind of ending you could ask for.
"Not too many people get to do that, and end their career on top, so it's the perfect way to go."
But the B's former alternate captain reiterated why his time with the Bruins was so special.
"Just being around the guys all year and how great a group we had together," explained Recchi. "We really pulled together through thick and thin and good times and bad times.
"We had a lot of fun together and we did it the right way."
And Recchi is going to handle his Cup day the right way, too.
He'll give back to his community in Kamloops, BC.
"As soon as it gets here I'm going down to get a picture with the Royal Mounted Police here with their horses," he said. "Then I have a luncheon with the Royal Inland Hospital for the ICU foundation.
"We're raising some money there and then I'm taking the Cup up to the hospital to see the kids, patients and staff and let them get a chance to see it.
"Then it will be at my parents place. It's private, probably close to 80 people when it's all said and done."
Recchi also said that he won't be the only Bruin in town today.
"Andrew [Ference] is coming up, which will be really good, with his family," said Recchi of the B's defenseman. "It will be nice to see them."
Like all of his former teammates who have had their day with the Cup this summer, Recchi stressed the importance of his friends and family getting their moment with Lord Stanley in his hometown.
"It's something special," he said. "All my family is here.
"I don't think there's that many people who cheered for me here, in BC, so it makes it a little bit interesting," added Recchi with a chuckle. "But the family is getting a great opportunity to spend a great day.
"It's great to spend it with the kids. It's really neat."
This time around, however, the kids will remember the day.
"It's been great, it's been wonderful," said Recchi. "They're excited and they know what's going on now, which is kind of nice.
"They're really excited about it."
The beloved Bruin, who will get another day with Lord Stanley later this summer, said he is really excited for the future, too.
"You know, it's been a great run," said Recchi, who explained he'll be a little bit more involved with his junior team in Kamloops this season.
"I will, a little bit, I'll come into town a little bit more and see what's going on," before he hinted at the next chapter in his personal hockey odyssey.
"Maybe I'll see if I can get into the management side at some point in the NHL and get back into the game."
NHL.com is on the road with the Cup in Vancouver...
'The next best thing'
08.12.2011 / 10:07 PM ET
MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. - Cam Neely finished the semi-public portion of his day with the Stanley Cup at Kingfishers restaurant along the Fraser River here in Maple Ridge. He rented out the place for a private party with his family and close friends. Guys he played with growing up and their parents were here along with all of his family members that still live in the area, including a cousin and an aunt.
The Cup, of course, took center stage in the barroom and it was, as usual, the prominent feature in many photographs.
Neely was as comfortable and happy as anyone in the room. He mingled around the restaurant, rehashing old stories of car pools to the rink while dining over an array of options, including crab legs, chicken wings, lamb shanks, fresh shrimp, short ribs and cooked vegetables.
But, as Neely was mingling inside, his sisters, Christine and Shauna, along with 11-year-old daughter Ava, stepped outside on the patio to go on camera for NHL.com and NHL Network.
Christine, the oldest of the four Neely siblings, told us that while Cam may say winning the Cup as an executive is "not as exciting as winning it as a player, it's just as exciting to his friends, his family and the people of Maple Ridge that he brought it here."
Ava had some of the best stuff to say about her dad, telling us that he didn't really ever talk about the Stanley Cup, "but I could kind of tell that he really wanted it for a long time."
She also said that while she loved being in Vancouver for Game 7 and seeing her dad raise the Cup over his head, the fact that it happened didn't sink in for about a week.
"I was really in shock when they won," she said.
And, her dad seemed just as in shock the morning after the Bruins' won the Cup.
"He didn't really say anything," Ava said. "He was kind of speechless and really happy. We were all happy."
Shauna called the victory "just absolutely unbelievable," and she added "it was also a very emotional time because it was something that I definitely really wanted for him."
Both Christine and Shauna agreed that winning it this year makes up for their brother never winning it as a player.
"Most definitely," Christine said. "For us for sure, and for him, if you ask him, this is the next best thing."
Neely is scheduled to finish his day with the Cup at Christine's house tonight. The Cup goes en route to Kamloops for Mark Recchi's turn early Saturday morning.
-- Dan Rosen
Bringing it home
08.12.2011 / 6:52 PM ET
MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. - Cup keeper Walt Neubrand always offers suggestions to all the players and executives, and he had a good one for Neely today.
Have you ever thought of taking the Cup to your childhood home? Neely hadn't, but now he was intrigued. Now he had to do it.
So, Neely made the limobus driver carrying him, his family, Neubrand and the Cup make an unplanned stop at his old home in Maple Ridge.
Neely had no clue if anyone was home, but he was undeterred. He got out of the bus and placed the Cup on the front lawn and began taking pictures with his sisters and his daughter, Ava.
"I hope they don't mind," Neely said as he looked back toward the house. "I wonder if they're even home."
Ava was curious, too, so she ran up the front walk of the house situated at the end of a cul-de-sac and rang the bell. She rang it twice, and then a third time. There was a car in the driveway, but nobody was home.
It was their loss - imagine their surprise had they been home and opened the door. Then again, maybe they were Canucks fans and didn't want to take part in the celebration.
Neely wrapped up and got back in the bus. After a quick stop back at his sister's house, the bus took him and the family to Kingfishers, a restaurant on the Fraser River, for a private party with friends.
That's where we are now.
- Dan Rosen
NHL.com is on the road with the Cup in Vancouver...
Word has spread
08.12.2011 / 5:00 PM ET
PORT MOODY, B.C. - Cam Neely was hoping to keep this visit to Belcarra Regional Park private, but as he walked through the park toward the beach, word spread that the Cup was here and the Bruins' president gained a following.
As Cam was taking pictures with his family and the Cup along the water, several people gathered and started snapping their own. They were all amazed at how memorable their day just became.
A few people asked me, "Is it real?" I had to assure them that yes, it is. I pointed out that Cam Neely is with it.
As he walked back up to the parking lot with the Cup in his hands, some of the crowd continued to follow him. One guy had enough courage to ask if he could hold it. Cam told him he was in a rush, but he was apologetic.
If he stopped for anything, he'd be here for an hour and he has a private party to get to now.
-- Dan Rosen
Bringing it to Mom and Dad
08.12.2011 / 4:40 PM ET
PORT MOODY, B.C. - Mike and Marlene Neely never got to see their only son win the Stanley Cup. They both succumbed to cancer, first Marlene in 1987 and then Mike seven years later.
Mike and Marlene also had a wish to have their children spread their ashes in the Pacific Ocean. So, that's what Cam and his sisters, Chris and Shaun, did for them.
Today, Cam and his sisters are bringing the trophy he worked his entire life for back to his parents because a special visit to his hometown like this one wouldn't be complete without a trip to Belcarra Regional Park here in Port Moody.
Cam not only brought his sisters to the spot along the Burrard Inlet in the scenic park, but his daughter, Ava, as well as Chris' and Shaun's families are here with him.
Cam's wife, Paulina, and his son, Jack, could not make the trip.
They've hired a photographer to take family pictures with the Cup in this special place.
-- Dan Rosen
Neely feels his roots
08.12.2011 / 2:15 PM ET
MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. -- We drove into the parking lot 45 minutes before Neely's scheduled arrival and it was already more than half full. Parents in tow with their kids in hockey jerseys and cameras in hand are here to take it in and hopefully snap a photo with Cam and the Cup.
A couple of the giddy kids were wearing Canucks shirts, but hey, Neely played for Vancouver early in his career, so no harm, no foul.
"It's their fault, they traded him," said Spencer Levin, a longtime friend of Neely's who still coaches the Midget Triple-A team here.
Planet Ice is situated in a wide open area of Maple Ridge surrounded by trees and scattered small homes. Since it is a beautiful, sunny, 70 degree F morning, it is quite pictureesque.
The arena was built in 1996. The old arena in the downtown area was built in 1967 and renamed Cam Neely Arena in the early 90s. The name was grandfathered into the new arena.
Neely grew up about 15 minutes from this rink. He is staying with a sister of his who lives two minutes away.
Neely grew up playing in the area for the Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association, which currently has a roster of roughly 1,000 kids, a lot for a community of 90,000 people.
Everybody here is associated with the Association and they are all signing a banner that Neely will take back to Boston and hang in TD Garden.
After bringing the Cup in to a huge applause, Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin introduced Neely to the crowd and handed him a plaque with pictures from his visit here in February to unveil the wooden sculpture bearing his likeness.
Neely is only signing one autograph, but it is a valuable one. He is signing his own white Bruins jersey that will be raffled off later in the day. All proceeds go to the Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association.
After signing the jersey and briefly addressing the crowd, Neely spent the following 90 minutes posing for pictures with everybody here along with the Cup.
The backdrop to the pictures were three banners honoring the day the hometown hero returned with the Cup. Neely will sign the banners and they will hang in the arena.
"Cam wanted to do this for the kids," said Fred Armstrong, who organized the event. "It speaks to the type of man he is."
Now we're off to a special place for the Neely family. Cam is bringing the Cup to the area where he and his sisters spread their parents' ashes.
-- Dan Rosen
Neely starts day at his own arena
08.12.2011 / 1:15 PM ET
MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. -- Cam Neely, a Hall of Fame player with Bruins and current team president started his Cup day in his hometown with a trip to his home rink that is appropriately named after him.
Cam Neely Arena, which is located in Planet Ice here in Maple Ridge, has played host to the Stanley Cup before. In fact, just last year fellow Maple Ridge native Andrew Ladd brought it here for a meet and greet celebration. Ladd also brought it here in 2006 after winning it with Carolina.
This year is different. This year, Maple Ridge's Hall of Fame member is back as the local hero.
Neely, who also had the Cup in Martha's Vineyard on Wednesday, was born in Comox, B.C., but he was raised in Maple Ridge. His sister and her family still live in the area and the ashes of his parents, who both passed away of cancer, are spread in the area.
But more on that later.
-- Dan Rosen
BostonBruins.com -- Dennis Seidenberg, asked to describe his most memorable moment from the Boston Bruins run to the Stanley Cup, said what stuck out most for him was the initial seconds after the final buzzer on Game 7 sounded the B's victory.
"I mean it was the weird feeling that we had not knowing how to react," said Seidenberg. "That’s the one feeling I think about a lot.
"Right after the game it's kind of an empty feeling like you know you won the Stanley Cup but its not really real yet."
Now, it's probably quite real now for Seidenberg, who spent Tuesday with Lord Stanley.
"Definitely," said the B's defenseman. "As far as feeling real, after the parade I think when we saw those people in the street and how happy they were and how they supported us and celebrated us -- that was a way to really thank them -- and I realized what we did for that city.
"Yesterday was another flashback to that."
Like the rest of his teammates who have had their moment with Stanley, Seidenberg's day with the Cup was very memorable and very full.
"I got in the morning at 10 and I took it out on the boat in Atlantic City," he said. "We just took it out on the ocean for a little bit and took a couple pictures.
"Then we took it back and had lunch at the marina right in front of the Golden Nugget Casino."
"And after we had [Noah] christened out of the Cup!"
NHL.com reports that it's not the first time that Lord Stanley has been used in a christening, but it certainly was a highlight in a day full of memorable moments for the Seidenberg family, who actually took a break during their time with "The Jug."
"We just relaxed a little bit then came back around 5 or 5:30 p.m. and that’s when the festivities started," said Dennis. "A barbeque by the pool got rained out so we went into the ballroom at the Caesars [Palace].
"I went there with friends and people from Boston, the Casino had some people [there] and then we went on to the nightclub in the Caesar’s which is called Dusk and we were there for a little bit."
Seidenberg said his day of celebration was fun, but he's ready to get back to work.
"Now everything’s back to normal, working out, getting ready for the season," said Seidenberg. "It's time to move on. Everybody’s getting ready for the next season and wants to be in the best shape possible.
"Parties are fun, but I think everybody likes to work out and get ready and we cant wait to get going again."
And Dennis has on date circled on his calendar -- October 6th -- the home opener versus Philadelphia.
"Oh yeah that’s going to be crazy," he said. "It will be special."
BostonBruins.com -- Boston Bruins forward and alternate captain Patrice Bergeron said that while nothing was going to beat the celebration after Game 7, his time with the Cup was very special because it allowed him to say "thank you" to the people who helped him along the way.
"I’m really happy," said Bergeron. "It was great.
"It was a chance for me to be able to spend some time with the Cup and enjoy it but also to...say to everyone around me, 'This is because of you as well.' And it was also a chance to say thank you for all of their support.
"I think I did everything I wanted to do with with my time."
Bergeron received the Cup in Quebec City.
"We started at the airport, I went over there with my close family, so my parents, my girlfriend, my brother had his girlfriend and my grandma," said Patrice. "So the seven of uus grabbed a small bus and the whole day I was with them the whole time.
"We went to...my old midget AAA team that I played for one year when I was sixteen years old, and its pretty much where it all started for me -- all the goals and big dreams of one day playing in the NHL -- so I wanted to give back to that opportunity to them.
"I called the organization and I told them I don’t want any kids to know about it, and that I wanted them to be surprised over it and it worked. Their reaction was fun."
Then it was time for a little fun in a not-so-fun place
"And then we went over to a children’s hospital to see some kids," continued Bergeron. "It’s always hard to see kids like that. But I know it meant a lot to them and just seeing their reaction when they saw the Cup was a great moment.
"All I wanted was to bring smiles to their face and brighten up their day."
Bergeron brightened plenty of faces at his next stop, as well.
"After that we went over to the public appearance," explained Bergeron. "It was two-hours and forty-five minutes in downtown Quebec City and the whole population was invited to go there and meet mr, but mostly to have a chance to touch and have a picture with the Cup."
Finally it was Bergeron's friends and family's turn to touch the Cup.
"Over 200 hundred people were there," said Bergeron. "It wasn’t just my close family or my close friends it was people who had been then and supported me when I was younger. You know my [billet family] when I was playing junior, my old coaches, family from my mom and dad's sides that I don’t get to see that often. So it was great to say thanks to all these people.
"After that it was a private party," he said. "So, that was really the time that I got to relax and really enjoy my time with the Cup."
The next morning, Patrice had some extra time with Stanley as well.
"Obviously, I felt fortunate that I had a chance to have it for a second day," said Bergeron. "I wanted to leave everything mellow and everything within my really close family, because honestly the first day was crazy.
"So, the next day, we had started off with breakfast at the Chateau Frontenac in a private room looking up the St. Lawrence river. We had a buffet there, and the food was amazing. Then we went outside to old Quebec City and we walked around and...we took some pictures with the Cup with my family.
"We walked around and obviously we drew some attention with the big trophy in my hands so we had a big crowd...and the crowd just kept getting bigger and bigger. So it was fun, we took some pictures, people had some nice words to say and it was fun.
"After we had to kind of stop because the crowd was getting pretty big, so after that we took some more pictures in a studio," added Bergeron. "The weather was ok but not you know not the greatest so we wanted to make sure we had some good pictures.
"Then straight home and we stayed there for the rest of the night, just at my place with both families and just took it really easy and had a nice dinner."
Bergeron said he couldn't have asked for a better Cup celebration.
"Yeah it was great," he said. "We had some great moments.
"I mean to get to share it with [my family] was tremendous; it made me feel happy.
"It was very special, emotional two days but it was everything that I could ask for," said Bergeron.
NHL.com followed Dennis Seidenberg's day with Stanley...
A bubbly finish
08.09.2011 / 8:10 PM ET
The oldest trophy in all of sports and the oldest bottle of champagne in America -- it's a perfect marriage.
Seidenberg's cocktail party Tuesday night ended with a splash.
After three hours of mingling and posing for pictures, Seidenberg came to the front stage of the Palladium Ballroom. There, Caesars staffers popped open a bottle of champagne from 1729 -- which they said was the oldest bottle in the country.
As Queen's "We Are The Champions" played from the speakers, Seidenberg and his wife posed for pictures.
-- Emily Kaplan
Keepin' it classy
08.09.2011 / 6:45 PM ET
Next up for Seidenberg? A small cocktail party at Caesars Palladium Ballroom for about 100 friends and family -- who all had to check in at a VIP list at the door.
The lighting is dim and waitresses are walking around with trays of tasty appetizers such as mini tuna burgers and shrimp cocktails.
However there's certainly a hockey flare to the room.
The tables are decorated with centerpieces of yellow roses and daisies -- with a pair of small cardboard hockey sticks sprouting out of the middle.
Oh, and the Stanley Cup is on display on the stage in the front of the room, sitting next to a table featuring six jumbo bottles of champagne.
Right upon entering, Seidenberg was escorted to a small corner of the room where Cup keeper Howie Burrow had a task for him.
Burrow is carrying along with him two black-and-yellow Bruins flags. They were the flags hung on the bench immediately after Boston's Game 7 win in Vancouver.
This summer, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has asked each player, on his day with the Cup, to sign the flags. It's a new tradition, and one Burrows thinks is a great idea.
"It's really nice," Burrows said, as he pointed to the flags, which already have about a dozen signatures in silver sharpie.
-- Emily Kaplan
08.09.2011 / 6:35 PM ET
Who's the luckiest baby in all of Atlantic City?
That would be 4-month-old Liam Foglietta.
While Seidenberg was back at home resting, the Cup was still on display at Caesars. That's when Mark Foglietta, his wife, and baby Liam stopped by. The family is from Montreal and is in town on vacation.
Mark began talking to the manager of the casino, and asked if he'd possibly be able to get a picture with Seidenberg later. The manager said he'd see what he could do, so the Fogliettas waited.
When Seidenberg, accompanied by his wife and a small entourage of close friends and family, came back, the Fogliettas were still there. A few minutes later, baby Liam -- wearing a kelly green shirt and a slight look of confusion on his face -- was being hoisted into the Cup and posing for pictures.
"How many fathers can say they had their son sit in the Stanley Cup?" Mark said afterward, still grinning.
Back to town
08.09.2011 / 5:55 PM ET
After a morning out at sea and at the casino, Dennis Seidenberg needed some rest.
The Bruins defenseman drove about 15 miles down the road to his beach house, a quaint sky blue home in a residential neighborhood of Margate, NJ. He took about an hour nap, and when we met back up with him he seemed rejuvenated.
He met us outside in jeans, black shoes and a T-shirt -- and ready for some evening activities. Alongside Dennis was his well-trained dog, a boxer named Wiggles.
Wiggles went back inside, Dennis hopped into his white Land Rover, and now we're all headed back to AC for the night.
Cup at Caesars
08.09.2011 / 2:50 PM ET
When people go to casinos, they're usually hoping to see a lot of money. But today, visitors to Caesars Palace in Atlantic City saw something even more priceless: the Stanley Cup.
After a little time at Gold Nuggets Marina, Seidenberg and Co. transported the Cup to Caesars, where it was put on display -- on a small tablestand with red velvet ropes surrounding it -- in the front lobby, a few feet from the front desk.
To say a few casino-goers were shocked might be an understatement. People passing by were both surprised and excited to see Lord Stanley in an Atlantic City resort on a muggy August afternoon.
"Take a picture!" one man told his wife. "It looks exactly like the real thing."
It didn't take long for a small crowd to gather by the display, as camera phones flashed at a rapid pace.
One woman even approached Dennis and asked him to autograph the gift bag from her recent purchase at the hotel's convenience store. He happily obliged.
The Holy Grail
08.09.2011 / 1:30 PM ET
After lunch Seidenberg and his family gather back on the boat for the christening of his and wife Rebecca's new child, Noah. It's not the first time Lord Stanley has assisted in a ceremony of this nature but that doesn't make it any less special. The christening is complete with the obligatory photo of Noah in the bowl of the Cup. Next, some photos on the beach -- hopefully before the massive thunderstorms heading in this direction arrive.
-- Josh Landau
Seidenberg in Atlantic City
08.09.2011 / 11:00 AM ET
The second half of the Boston Bruins top defensive pair, Dennis Seidenberg, has taken inventory of Lord Stanley at his boat here at the Golden Nugget Marina in Atlantic City, N.J. Close friends and neighbors have lined up for some photos before heading out on the boat for pictures of the Cup on the Atlantic Ocean.
-- Josh Landau
With edits by BostonBruins.com...
BostonBruins.com -- Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said his day with the Cup brought the reality of what the B's accomplished a little bit closer.
"I’m going to say, brings you a step closer," said Julien. "It's still fresh in my mind that last game.
"Again, it’s a little bit surreal, there’s been so much stuff going on in between about the Cup and the preparations. I still don’t think it’s totally sunk in yet.
"But certainly, for me, it was another eye-opener to see how many people, even in the Ottawa area, are die-hard Bruins fans," added Julien. "People that were out there again in a real warm day and had their jersey’s on and waited in line for hours just to get their picture taken with the Cup.
"So it’s pretty neat and a lot of fun and as I mentioned it was a very busy day."
Busy is an understatement.
"We just started off the morning and took the cup across the street to the Rideau Canal," said Julien. "We wanted to get a little family picture with [daughter] Katryna and [wife] Karen and myself with us by the Canal, and with the Parliament building in the background.
"It was pretty neat because the first time that Cup was won by the Ottawa Senators one of the players ended up throwing it into the canal.
"From what I hear the coach ended up having to fish it out," said Julien with a chuckle. "That’s probably something pretty unique, but that’s something that happened there, so I was right next to the canal where that happened."
Then it was family time.
"We ended up going to a hall, which my mother and father-in-law had reserved for their family and friends. And people that are close to them.
"So we just signed autographs and took pictures and had a good morning there."
From there, Julien and family went to his parent's house and a big surprise.
"After we won the Cup a few days later my brother and father who own a business decided that they were going to put that picture up on the garage door," said Julien of the more than life size photo of the coach holding Lord Stanley's chalice. "So I was quite shocked to say the least.
"But they got it there and we ended up hosting our side of the family and friends in the afternoon."
However, like most Bruins who've gotten some time with the Cup, Coach didn't realize just how many friends he had.
"There ended up being, obviously, a lot more people that showed up than we had expected," said Julien with another laugh. "So it was quite an afternoon to say the least.
"But you know we had a chance to out everyone thorough the line and get some pictures with the cup and all. And it turned out to be a really, really good afternoon.
"And then we just finished off the night with a private party and our close friends...in a private room and just enjoyed the rest of the evening with the Cup in our presence."
Julien admitted that preparing to celebrate with the Cup didn't come to him as easily as his daily work in the effort to win the Cup. After all, the players and coaches in the NHL live to compete, not celebrate.
"It’s true," he said. "The first thing I said to [B's GM] Peter [Chiarelli] after we’d won is how I wanted to make sure that I was going to prepare the team properly for the next year and do what needed to be done in the summertime as well to make sure that our message is clear to our players and to all of us.
"So my head was already thinking that just two or three days after we won."
That said, there are moments during a Cup celebration which can't be produced otherwise. For instance, friends and family get to have their own personal moments with Lord Stanley, too.
In Julien's case, the most memorable might have been his daughter's time with the Cup and was caught by NHL.com's camera.
"Believe it or not we didn’t say a word to her about anything and what came out of her mouth about touching it and about the winning it," said Julien. "As we say, truth comes out of kid’s mouths, and that was her expressing her own feelings without us having even said anything to her.
"So I was impressed with her comments and her reply to those questions to be honest with you."
And Julien's having the Cup at home, brought the whole experience home for everyone.
"After everyone was done at my parents place, we took it in the house and put it in the kitchen and even my mom, my dad, and even a lot of my relatives said, 'Did you ever think you’d see the Stanley Cup sitting on your kitchen counter?'" said Julien. "And you know those kind of things really made it special you know when people take time to think how special that Cup is, and then where it's been and where it ended up.
"So no doubt, that part of the day and being able to share it with my family, for me, that was what it was all about."
NHL.com and NESN are in Quebec City with Patrice Bergeron...
Bergeron and Cup tour Quebec
08.08.2011 / 01:15 PM ET
Patrice Bergeron continued his day with the cup by taking photos with family in the very scenic setting of old Quebec. He made quite a scene as passers-by hovered around the Cup, and cheers, honks and screams from all over were plentiful as they tooij a tour and photo shoot of old Quebec -- he began to look like the Pied Piper of Quebec City as he made his way up the historic streets.
The streets filled up as people seek their time with Patrice and the Cup -- a good ending to an adventure with the Cup, as he finishes off his day at his home with a select few. Bergeron hopes that he can repeat his day next year with the Cup.
-- Ryan Bader
Bergeron joins the club
08.08.2011 / 11:15 AM ET
Bergeron and his family enjoyed a small breakfast at the amazing Chateau Frontenac in Quebec. The small crowd got the chance to drink OJ out of the Cup and enjoy a fantastic breakfast. Even in a private room, the Bruin faithful were able to find the Cup -- one Boston family walked by and was able to get a photo with Patrice and the Cup.
Later in the morning Hockey Hall of Famer Curator Phil Pritchard was on hand to present Bergeron with a gold watch from the International Ice Hockey Federation recognizing his membership in the Triple Gold Club -- he is the 25th player in the history of hockey to win a gold medal at the World Championships, an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup. The watch cannot be bought, only won, and just 24 others players have accomplished the feat.
BostonBruins.com -- Last Friday, August 5th, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli celebrated his 47th Birthday in style with the Stanley Cup.
"At my uncle's place there was [a birthday party] and they brought out a cake there at the end," said Chiarelli via cell phone yesterday afternoon. "And then we went to the Marshes Golf and Country Club where my wife and I invited friends for a small gathering...and there was another birthday cake there.
"So I have to get on the workout trail after this couple of days."
But it was certainly a memorable celebration for Chiarelli for his friends and family in Canada.
"It was busy day. We started at University of Ottawa Law School," explained Chiarelli. "Going into the day my wife and I wanted to pick two spots -- one for each of us -- we wanted to give back, and we wanted to share the Cup.
"I chose University of Ottawa Law School and kind of spoke about, one, being grateful about having received a degree from there. And, two, about how strongly I felt about a legal education and how it helped my career.
"So, we started the day there and there was actually a huge turnout [even though] it was very hot. But the dean of the law school introduced me and I said a couple words and then took a ton of pictures," he said.
The next stop was the Nepean Corona School of Gymnastics.
"[That's] where my wife [Alicia] trained and worked and where my daughter [Talia] trained for probably 15 years -- maybe even more," said Chiarelli.
"Then after that we went to my Uncle Robert's place for a couple hours and my dad and my uncle had invited a bunch of friends.
"And then we went over to [his wife's family's] house for a couple hours," he said.
Chiarelli said that his day in the Ottawa area illustrated the "magnetic" quality of the Cup.
"It attracts people in Canada," said Chiarelli, who described a simple stop at a coffee shop with Stanley.
"We were there and we brought the Cup in and we were getting some ice coffee and stuff -- sandwiches -- for us and a couple others and we weren't in there five minutes and word was being spread and other people from other stores and restaurants started coming and there were a bunch of cars coming in the parking lot," he said. "Word travels fast, especially up there.
"People want to see it."
But the B's GM was happy to share Stanley, particularly with his closest friends and family.
"Everyone, friends and family, felt invested in the Cup," he said. "That they all had contributed in some way. And I'm happy they felt that way and I wanted them to feel that way.
"You could really see that in their faces, so that was the common denominator for the second half of the day and that was special for me."
But don't expect Chiarelli to invest any more time in celebration.
"Oh no. That's it," said the GM. "It was a great day, and I hope to do it again next year, but it was real busy day and we were happy to spend it with friends and people close to us."