BostonBruins.com -- B's Director of Amateur Scouting Wayne Smith and Ottawa-based scouts Mike Chiarelli and Jack Higgins shared a day with the Stanley Cup last Thursday, August 4, and were still stunned by the experience when BostonBruins.com caught up with the trio over this past weekend.
"I think every kid in Canada grows up dreaming of winning the Stanley Cup or being part of it," said Smith, who will begin his sixth season with Boston in September after spending the previous seven seasons with Columbus as a regional scout.
"It's something very special and certainly my dreams came true and beyond."
"It was unbelievable," added Higgins, who just finished his third season with Boston as an amateur prospects scout in Ontario. "Everywhere we went with the Cup - and we went a lot of places, it toured around the whole of Ottawa -- there were crowds everywhere we went.
"And if there wasn't a crowd when we got there, one gathered really quickly."
That much is certain. Chiarelli (B's GM Peter Chiarelli's brother) said he had 175 people in his backyard to start last Thursday's tour.
"It was a phenomenal morning. The weather was great. Saw a lot of faces that I hadn't seen in a long time that we invited over," said Chiarelli, who helped raise money for the "Do it for Daron" charity. "And everyone was smiling.
"There were perma-grins on everyone's faces and there was a quite excitement in the backyard for the whole two hours we had it. And people were cordial, taking turns having their pictures taken with the Cup.
"My wife and I stood back at one moment in the morning and looked and thought how incredible it was for it to be in our backyard. We just couldn't believe it, you know?"
Most people will never know and, as such, Smith, Higgins and Chiarelli used each moment of the day to it's fullest.
"We didn't mind sharing. We do lots of things together down here, so the sharing part wasn't a problem," said Higgins, who finished the evening with the Cup by stopping in to see friends in and around Ottawa.
"It was great. I sat back and couldn't believe it. Everyone was so excited."
The trio made sure that Lord Stanley's Cup made as many people excited as possible.
"We didn't deny anyone a chance to get a picture with the Cup all day," said Higgins. "Anyone who wanted one got one.
"Wayne even had a table on his front lawn so all the neighbors could come by."
Smith took over about 11:00 a.m.
"It started when the Cup came over from Mike's house," he said. "There was people at our house and we just spent some time here taking some pictures with family and friends and then we went to a bank, and then we went over to my favorite pizza shop...then we went to a sports bar."
But the most memorable stop was around the corner. Mike set the scene.
"Wayne had rented a couple of limos for the evening stuff and...they went through his neighborhood and there were these six little girls at a lemonade stand," recounted Chiarelli. "And one of his buddies who was in the limo said, 'Go around the block again and stop at the lemonade stand.' Which the limo driver did.
"They brought the Stanley Cup out and you can imagine the reaction of the little girls around the ages of 6-7 years old.
"And five of the six girls didn't say a word, they just ran to their houses to get their parents [to see the Cup]," he said.
Smith had an "aww shucks" moment when asked about the little lemonade stand with the special visitor.
"It was probably the best part of the day," he said. "This lemonade stand was just in the middle of the street.
"So I got out in the middle of the street and held the Cup up because they didn't have anybody at their stand [and said] 'If you buy lemonade free Stanley Cup.'
"One of the girls, my wife knows the mother of one of those [girls], she said they can't even sleep because they are so excited about what happened.
"It was pretty neat," added Smith, "All the cars just jammed up the road -- it was pretty good."
But Higgins, Smith or Chiarelli weren't surprised by the reaction.
"At that age they knew what the Stanley Cup was," said Mike. "And that's what it is in this country.
"Everyone knows what it is, and everyone knows what it means."
But what did it mean tothe scouts?
"It's just such a special trophy," explained Smith. "It doesn't matter who you are, you could be having the worst day of your life and you see that Cup and it just makes everyone smile.
"It just brings joy everywhere."
And Smith wants to continue to spread the joy.
"I can't wait to do it again, Bish," he said.
NHL.com and NESN are in Quebec City with Patrice Bergeron...
Let the party begin
08.07.2011 / 6:30 PM ET
After spending two and a half hours in the rainy Quebec City weather posing for pictures with thousands of fans, Bergeron is now getting to spend some quality time with his family and friends on the deck at Espace 400e Bell in the Port du Quebec. Espace 400e Bell is a waterfront pavilion that served as a central location for Quebec's 400th anniversary celebrations in 2008.
The view from the deck overlooks the water and the area where he was just taking photos with his many fans.
Bergeron will be getting some personal time with the Cup tonight with close friends and family. Former teammate Steve Begin and current teammate Jordan Caron are here to celebrate Bergeron's day and night with the Cup.
After the celebration at Espace 400e Bell, Bergeron and friends are heading out for another private function away from the city.
-- Ryan Bader
Bergeron greets the crowd
08.07.2011 / 12:15 PM ET
Despite the rain, thousands of people have come out to to see Bergeron on his day with the Cup.
Bergeron spoke to the crowd right off the St. Laurent river, telling them that he has fulfilled his childhood dream, the dream of many children, of winning the Stanley Cup. The center will now spend a portion of the day taking pictures and signing autographs with the hundres, if not thousands of fans that have come out to see him.
-- Ryan Bader
Taking the Cup to the hospital
08.07.2011 / 10:30 AM ET
Bergeron and his entourage arrive at the Children's Hospital University of Quebec, in Laval, Que.
There, he got a chance to interact with some fans and patients who otherwise might not be able to enjoy the Cup.
-- Ryan Bader
Students' special surprise
08.07.2011 / 9:45 AM ET
Bergeron's first stop was the campus of his alma mater, Seminaire Saint-Francois. The players on the school's midget AAA team were told to report to the school in the morning to fill out some paperwork, but when they arrived, they got quite the surprise.
He gave a speech to the players, and then got everyone together for a team photo with Bergeron and the Cup.
-- Ryan Bader
Bergeron receives the Cup
08.07.2011 / 9:00 AM ET
The Stanley Cup has arrived on a rainy Quebec day to start Patrice Bergeron's day with the trophy. With three different microphones hooked to the Bruins forward, this will be a well-documented day with the Cup.
Bergeron lifted the Cup at the arrival terminal, and then boarded a bus to begin his Cup adventure.
-- Ryan Bader
NHL.com is taking care of the coverage from Ontario this weekend. Saturday was Head Coach Claude Julien's day...
Julien family home
08.06.2011 / 3:40 PM ET
Claude Julien took the long road to Navan, Ontario, where he arrived at his family's home. It is also the location of his family's business. The shiny garage door at the entrance of his father’s roofing company was covered with a photo of Claude lifting the Cup after Game 7. This new edition of garage-door art gave coach Julien a chance to re-enact that moment for his family. Julien then proceeded to set up the Cup in the backyard. Now the procession of photos and autographs has begun and will continue for a while.
-- Ryan Bader
08.06.2011 / 10:53 AM ET
Claude Julien made the drive up the canal to the Tudor Hall reception hall with his wife and daughter. Joined there by more family and friends, Claude invites everyone around to feel free to pose with the Prince of Wales trophy and the Stanley Cup. And with that the line kept going and going, as hundreds had the chance to be photographed with one of the most famous trophy in sports.
-- Ryan Bader
08.06.2011 / 10:22 AM ET
Coach Claude Julien started his day off with the Cup on the Rideau Canal. Joined by his wife, Karen and his daughter Katryna, the Julien family posed for pictures in front of the beautiful canal and other amazing Ottawa city scenes. Many other onlookers joined their photographer and broke out their cameras and cell phones to enjoy the Cup. 5-year-old Katryna seemed to enjoy posing with the Cup the most -- she asked if she could lift the Cup on her own several times.
-- Ryan Bader
NHL.com is taking care of the coverage from Ontario this weekend. Friday was Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli's day...
The happiest of birthdays
08.05.2011 / 7:45 PM ET
Peter Chiarelli and family hit their final spot for the day, the Marshes Golf and Country Club. They're enjoying food with family and friends, and with the Stanley Cup beside him, Chiarelli could not ask for a better birthday gift.
The sun has set in Ottawa, but the party has just begun …
-- Ryan Bader
08.05.2011 / 3:30 PM ET
Our next stop is the home of Peter Chiarelli's father-in-law, George Brancato, former coach of the CFL's Ottawa Rough Riders.
The Brancato household once was home to the Grey Cup, and now is home for the Stanley Cup. Many family members and friends enjoyed their time with the Cup in the beautiful Ottawa sun.
-- Ryan Bader
Visiting Uncle Bob
08.05.2011 / 1:30 PM ET
Peter Chiarelli's Uncle Bob was the next to welcome the Cup into his home.
With a red carpet laid out at the entrance of the house, many family members and friends got their chance to meet the Cup.
Uncle Bob, a former collegiate hockey player and former mayor in Ottawa, was ecstatic to have the Cup in his home. The Chiarellis consider themselves a hockey family through and through, and by the crowd at Bob Chiarelli's home we would have to agree.
And we should also mention that today is Peter Chiarelli's birthday. Uncle Bob' had a pair of cakes to celebrate the big day, but the only present Chiarelli needed was the Stanley Cup.
Some gift, eh?
-- Ryan Bader
Time for gymnastics
08.05.2011 / 11:45 AM ET
The next stop is the Nepean Corona School of Gymnastics. Getting to carry the Cup into the gym were Alicia Chiarelli, Peter's wife, and their son Cameron.
Alicia, a former gymnast and gymnastics coach, wanted to share the Cup with the school where she and her daughter have trained in the past. Alicia said she sees the gym as a second home for them, which was why it was important for them to bring the Cup there.
Alicia jokingly said Peter could handle himself quite well in this kind of gym.
Kids from all ages got a chance to pose with the Cup and share in the special day with the Chiarellis.
-- Ryan Bader
Chiarelli takes Cup to school
08.05.2011 / 10:15 AM ET
Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli starts his day with the Stanley Cup at his law school alma mater, the University of Ottawa.
Addressing a large crowd gathered to see the Cup, the GM said he thought he would share the Cup with the community, and he felt strongly about his law school education here. He then took photos with several members of the school's hockey team.
-- Ryan Bader
BROCKVILLE, Ontario -- The Boston Bruins Doug Jarvis is a six-time Stanley Cup champion -- four times as a player, two as an assistant coach -- and asked to put those numbers in perspective the B's assistant coach said that each win was special and unique.
"I think that's especially so this year," he said. "I think the fact that there's been a lot of years go by since the Bruins have won, I think made it special.
"I think the team itself, I think with the character of our team and the chemistry, they were really a group that played for each other.
"You need to have that to have success and that's what we had."
"Character" is word that has been consistently used by those who have endeavored to describe the 2010-11 Bruins.
"I think one of the very unique things that I found with this team, this year, it seemed like whenever we hit a tough patch we really responded as a group to get over it quickly and I think that really paid dividends, especially when we got into the playoffs," said Jarvis. "Some people say the 82-game season doesn't mean much, all that matters is playoffs. Well, the 82 game does mean something because you develop as a team.
"I think during the year, when we hit those tough patches, we responded well, we bounced back from them, we showed a lot of resolve."
Jarvis understands resolve.
The NHL's iron man with a league-record 964-games played streak (with 139 goals and 403 points for Montreal, Washington and Hartford), Jarvis won the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward in 1984 and the Masterton Trophy (for perseverance and dedication) in 1987.
But like all of the Bruins, the B's assistant coach said that his family has been his cornerstone throughout his career.
"I know for myself, without my wife Linda being the support she is and many times having to raise the family on her own during the long seasons that we have, she's just been, she's been tremendous," he said. "I don't feel that I would be able to be a part of these situations if it wasn't for her.
"And she's here today, unfortunately my kids aren't, we talked to them last night because we pulled out pictures from our Cup win in '99 with Dallas and obviously, that was roughly twelve years ago, and a lot has changed in their lives.
"They've been a great family and they've allowed me to do what I do and they've been a great support over the years," he added.
So, Jarvis' day revolved around his extended family and circle of friends. But there were a couple extra stops, too.
"It's a day that's going to be spent starting off with a lot of family and friends here [in Linda's home town of Brockville]," he said. "And this is unique, even for me, in the early years when I'd been a part of a Stanley Cup win, we weren't allowed to bring it home or have it for a day.
"So it's only been the last couple that I've had the opportunity, so it's such a special time to share with family and friends."
Jarvis' father-in-law was on the Brockville PD for 35 years, so that dictated Stanley's second stop.
"From here, we're going to head to the police department and the fire department and they're going to gather there with their families," said Jarvis. "I think it's neat when you can share it with the people who serve us in the way that they do, both of those groups."
And finally, private stops around the area highlighted the day.
"And then, from there, we're headed out to where we spend our summers and it will be more family and friends," said the coach. "We're in a small village and there's a number of them out where we live.
"So we're just going to pop into these small villages and let the people see it and get some pictures and just have a chance to experience the ultimate prize in the game of hockey."
And that's an experience that Jarvis knows very, very well.
OTTAWA, Ontario -- The old proverb says, "You can judge a man by the company he keeps."
And the company that Chris Kelly kept during his day with the Stanley Cup was pretty special.
"The one thing that I truly knew I wanted to do when I had the Cup was take it to CHEO, which is the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario," said Kelly. "We had done things when I was with the Senators in the past.
"And just to put a smile on a kid’s face or a parent’s face -- for five minutes even -- was something that I wanted to do."
Kelly was successful in that endeavor and enjoyed a few fun moments with a young boy in Black & Gold.
"Yeah, one of the kids had a Bruins jersey on and he turned around and sure enough it was Donovan 22," said Kelly with a laugh. "I got the pleasure to play with Shean in Ottawa and I’m still really close with him. That was something special.
"I don’t know how many Donovan jerseys are floating around but I’ll let him know there’s one!" he added with a laugh.
Donovan wasn't far away, and Shean, one of the most likeable Bruins of the post-lockout era, was quick to talk about Kelly, his friend and former teammate when he arrived at Kelly's Cup day barbeque.
"He was one of the most liked guys," said Donovan, who retired from hockey at the beginning of last season. "Guys were sad to see him go and couldn’t believe that he got traded.
"Obviously, I didn’t play this season but, turned into a big Bruins fan when he got traded to the Bruins and that’s my team growing up, but it was awesome to see him carry the Cup and win the Stanley Cup.
"But I know they miss him in Ottawa and the dressing room," added Donovan. "He was unbelievable...[and] he was good in the community, so people are lucky to have 'Kells' in Boston."
That desire to give back was illustrated by Kelly's visit to CHEO and like so many of the Bruins who will have their moment with the Stanley Cup this summer, Kelly said that giving back to his home community was a major priority.
"I think we’ve made this our home," said Kelly of Ottawa. "We’ve been here for so long and had so many friends in this area, just to bring it back and let them enjoy it, but also keep it pretty intimate.
"I’m not a big flashy person," added Kelly. "I kind of like to stay in the background, but this is something special to not only me but a lot of people."
So, after taking the Cup to the hospital, Kelly invited about 200 friends and family to a local establishment.
"We just tried to get as many friends and family members together and enjoy. They did a great job here and hopefully it’ll be a great day," said Kelly.
It was a great day, not only because the Stanley Cup was in their midst, but because the family could celebrate together.
"Yeah, obviously most hockey players won’t be in this position without their mother or father driving them to practice, to games, giving them that encouragement," said Kelly. "That’s the case with me.
"I’m very fortunate to have a great supporting cast at home with my parents and my brother.
"Obviously [lucky] to have my wife here too, who has pretty much planned this entire day and done a lot for me so it’ll be great," he said.
Kelly added he's lucky to have a great hockey family in Boston, as well, and said that his favorite part of the Bruins Cup run was bonding with his new teammates.
"Just the whole two months of kind of getting to know the guys a lot better," he said. "Getting traded to a team is a difficult thing -- not really knowing people.
"But I found from the first game against Montreal to the last game against Vancouver, I truly made connections and friendships with each and every guy.
"That’s something that I’ll keep forever."
Just like his memories of his day with the Stanley Cup.
BRAMPTON, Ontario -- This time last year Tyler Seguin was not even a rookie on the Boston Bruins roster.
He was just a draft pick -- albeit a very high draft pick -- who had fought through "The Program" at Boston Bruins Development Camp, and would eventually attend B's rookie and training camp in the hopes of donning the Black & Gold and avoiding a trip back to juniors.
A year removed from those uncertainties, Seguin, a Stanley Cup champion, enjoyed his day with hockey's Holy Grail.
"I think you really want to share it with all the people...doing appearances at rinks and seeing kids," said Seguin, who appeared publically numerous times in and around Boston on behalf of the B's last season. And like his fellow Ontario natives on the Bruins roster, Tyler made sure to share the Cup with as many people as possible.
"I mean it is my first time, so I want to take it a lot of places," explained Seguin. "And you know, when you win the Cup you want to share it with your hometown and many of the fans around.
"It's pretty crazy the amount of support we get, even on the street in Brampton...so I want to share it with all of them."
But like many of the Bruins, a trip to see some extra special kids was first for Tyler.
"We're going to first start at [the Hospital for Sick Children] in downtown Toronto," said Seguin. "Then after that we want to take it to the City of Brampton, and just go downtown there and see if there are some local fans that want to come out.
"I'm not sure how many people are going to show up."
The B's forward's hometown paper, the Brampton Guardian, reported that over a thousand people showed up at Chinguacousy Park to get their picture taken with Stanley and Seguin.
Tyler also left with a set of keys to the City of Brampton.
"We are very proud of Tyler's achievements and congratulate him on his championship season, " said Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell in a statement. "As one of the youngest players ever to win the Stanley Cup, Tyler joins the long list of great athletes that come from the City of Brampton."
Seguin then made another stop to see some kids a spot where he and a lot of local athletes got their start -- Westwood Arena.
"I used to play hockey [there]," said Seguin. "It's going to be different, I'm really excited to see how the kids react when they see the Stanley Cup and hopefully it makes a lot of their days."
Judging by the numbers in Brampton's park and Etobicoke's rink Seguin achieved that first goal, but the second order of business was to take the Cup to a secluded spot to celebrate.
"After that it's going to be a family and friends event," said Seguin of the pig roast being thrown in a family friend's backyard. "It's going to be a great day.
"Hopefully it all works out."
It all worked out, just like Seguin's first NHL season.
"Yeah, I think you can definitely relax a little more," said Seguin, who admitted to some nerves throughout his freshman campaign. "I've been fortunate enough and lucky enough to win the Cup my first year, I know what it takes to get there and I want to do it again."
Spoken like a true veteran, no?
PORT COLBORNE, Ontario -- Selected by Buffalo (1st round, 11th overall) in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, Adam Creighton played 708 games in the NHL with the Sabres, Blackhawks, Islanders, Lightning and Blues, but he earned an afternoon with the Stanley Cup as a pro scout for the Boston Bruins.
"Yeah, it’s very special," said Creighton at his home, prior to the arrival of the Cup. "I played for 14 years and never -- I guess the closest I came was two semifinals -- and you realize how hard it is to win it and that’s why I think that, for me, I really appreciate what the players have done and how hard they worked."
Creighton talked about Stanley Cup Final and watching Game 7 in Vancouver.
"It was very special to be there for the last series, very exciting, especially the games in Boston and then the final game, it was great," he said. "I think that, as a former player, I realize what these guys put into playing and going through what they’ve gone through and it’s just so hard, it was such a satisfying moment to see that our team followed through with it and the guys on the ice really, they really came through."
However, it's the support staff of coaches, executives, trainers, medical personnel and, of course, scouts that put the players that became the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions on the ice.
So, obviously, the team-behind-the-team came through, too.
"Now that I’m a scout, you still have that same work ethic you did when you were a player but it’s a little different. I mean, you don’t have to get your nose dirty, you just have to get in your car and drive and make sure you see some of these players and you get the right ones," he said.
"So far we’ve been pretty good."
Some would say they've been very good, in fact, and surely that's why Creighton found himself on the phone with representatives from the Hockey Hall of Fame to arrange his schedule with Stanley.
"Well I only learned a couple of days ago so it was kind of hectic," said Creighton with trademark big smile. "My wife was a little taken back. She was like, 'What are we going to do? We have two days to plan something!'
"That’s why say thank God we had the Canal Days here and it’s really going to work out good and they’ll be probably [a lot of] people down there and then we’ve a got a little party planned after."
"Well actually, you came at the right time. It’s actually our busiest time of the year," said Creighton. "If you drive through Port Colborn you’ll see that the canal that kind of splits the city, or the town.
"They have a little get together every year and it brings in a lot of people and they do a lot of different things. It’s sort of like a carnival atmosphere and we’ll be heading down there and going right through the town and we’ll be in the boat going through the canal and it’ll take us to the park and then we’ll be doing the stuff at the park with the Cup."
There's always a carnival atmosphere around the Cup, and Creighton admitted that being able to add to his neighbor's excitement at their special time of year raised his own joy a notch.
You see, the people around here particularly local boy made good Daniel Paille (who mentioned Creighton several times during his time with the Cup) think the world of Adam. And he thinks the world of his community, too.
"Well I think it’s kind of special. For me to have Danny say nice things about me, it just kind of makes me feel good," said Creighton. "But it’s something within the last two weeks the Cup has been in three little towns around this area...It’s a special thing for these little towns.
"I think that they have a lot of kids playing hockey and they kids get to see it and I think there’s a lot of Boston fans around here, too, so it’s kind of nice."
Creighton threw the nice praise right back at his neighbor from nearby Welland.
"I’ve known [Paille] since he was a young kid and playing Junior in Guelph and he’s always a hard working guy and a very good person. Those are the type of qualities I think we has management or scouting staff, we look for in players -- more along the character lines," explained Creighton. "And that’s what shows me that -- here’s a guy that hit an up and down season and he really came through in the playoffs.
"So, along with all the other guys but it’s all about character and I think that just shows that he has very good character."
Judging by Creighton's answers to BostonBruins.com's questions, that character isn't only reserved for the ice-bound Bruins.
As such, the ever-humble scout made sure to point out that he represents an organization that prides itself on a particular way of doing things and said that he was pleased to represent that methodology.
"I think it’s great and I only have the Bruins to thank for it," said Creighton of the honor. "Right from Mr. Jacobs to the players to the management to everybody who was involved.
"It’s kind of gratifying to be able to have this and kind of show it off.
"Like I said, it doesn’t happen very often and it’s been a whirlwind spring, but it’s been great and I’ve enjoyed it," added Creighton, again with a big smile. "And i think that, now it’s been in three little towns here, so if I didn’t give it to the people here, I think I’d probably be getting a lot of grief for it."
KITCHENER, Ontario -- During the season, Gregory Campbell is one of the players that the media goes to when they need a thorough explanation of what is going on -- right or wrong -- with the Bruins.
But it was Campbell's reply to the question, "What will you do with the Stanley Cup?" that was one of his best answers to date.
"Well, I got the Cup early and just took a couple of pictures around the house," explained Campbell during a break in his day with Lord Stanley's silver bowl on July 29. "I wanted to get those pictures out of the way."
Campbell had a few important tasks to complete before his celebrating began in the afternoon.
"I felt like I've been so lucky and privileged and blessed to be able to win this thing, and to be able to do something I love on a daily basis," he said. "So I felt like it was important for me to give a little bit of the joy I felt in winning this thing back to some people, so I wanted to take it to a hospital -- specifically a children's hospital -- where those kids are fighting a much bigger fight than we had to, to win this thing.
"If they can receive a little joy from this thing, the Stanley Cup, that gives me joy and makes me happy that they can share in my experience."
Thanks to Campbell, many children at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener had their own special experience with the Cup and, for a short moment, the joy that they felt when they got to touch the Stanley Cup or meet Campbell might just have helped the patients and their families forget the more serious circumstances that saw them spending time in a hospital.
"The Stanley Cup is something that is so important to Canadians and it's something that you grow up with," said Campbell. "Many kids grew up playing hockey and wanting to win it, so it's definitely a thrill, I think, for me to be able to share my experiences with other kids and specifically kids that are having a tough time right now.
"So I wanted to do something like that."
Also important was to remember two people who made a distinct impact on his life -- Bob and Anne Slipec.
"We went on to see my billet family, in Waterloo," said Campbell. "Although I only spent a year with them, it really left a big mark on my life and my career and have been two very influential people on me, just how they took me in and treated me as their own son.
"I definitely wanted to let them experience it, as well," he continued. "I feel like it's important when you win something and when you have success, that , you [realize] I didn't do it alone.
"There's a lot of people that helped me win this, specifically the people that I want involved in my day today."
And that's why Campbell's Cup day began in the Kitchener/Waterloo area of Ontario.
"Well, I obviously played part of my junior career in Kitchener, so I was fortunate enough to win a Memorial Cup with this team, in this city," said the Bruins center. "And as you know, now, going through the experience that we had with Boston, when you win something in that city, you always hold a special thought for that city, and I have done that in Kitchener.
"It was a place that, although it's not my place of birth or a place that I grew up in, it's really become home for me.
"Playing here, meeting a lot of friends here. I had a lot of special moments here and I thought that it was a good thought to have a home base, and really have come to enjoy it over the years," he said.
After his time with his host family and the children, Campbell moved on to his parents' farm just a few miles and minutes down the highway.
"Obviously, I grew up everywhere, but it's always been a place, my parents were both born there, and it's been a place every summer we've returned back there," said Campbell, whose father Colin played and coached in the National Hockey League and is now the Director of Hockey Operations for the NHL.
"Moving around my entire life, it's an area I could call home...and there's something about small towns and the feel that you get when you go into a small town, and it's definitely an area that I've grown to love."
Chemistry is important for any team and Campbell said that is one of the reasons the B's took home hockey's Holy Grail in June.
"One of the major reasons why we won is that everybody was so close on that team and wanted to play for each other," he said.
Team Campbell certainly has chemistry, too. Maybe that's why the clan has two Stanley Cups to celebrate (Colin won as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers in 1994).
"Well I think everybody shares the same experience growing up, playing hockey. It takes a lot of sacrifice and it's not just us -- the players -- sacrificing, it's your parents who are driving you places, its your sisters who are taking a back seat while your parents are at a tournament with you. It's the support that you receive along the way because anyone who plays sports, anyone who plays hockey, can tell you that it's not all the fun that it's worked out to be," said Campbell. "There's a lot of times where things are tough and you need that support, you need that unconditional love from your family that kind of grounds you a little bit.
"For me, as I said earlier, it's important to share my joy with the people that helped me achieve winning the Stanley Cup, and that's none other than my family.
"Along the way I've had tremendous support from my extended family and all my friends, so the people that I wanted involved in my day are people that have touched me along the way."
GUELPH, Ontario -- Rich Peverley's time with the Stanley Cup began in the basement of his home, where his family gathered to take professional photographs with the world's most well known still life.
"Well I’m just enjoying some time now, alone [at home]," he said when BostonBruins.com visited Guelph this morning.
"When I first came here I spent some time with the family and then the whole circus came to town and we got all of our family here and getting pictures," continued the forward. "Then we’re going to head to the rink downtown and we’re going to bring it to the city and hopefully everybody in the city is able to enjoy it.
"Then, I'll have a little private get together later just for family and friends."
But like his predecessors on this Ontario swing with Stanley -- Nathan Horton, Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille -- Peverley sought to give back to the hockey-loving community. So before that private affair, Peverley invited some 2300 friends to the local arena, Guelph's Sleeman Centre, the home of the OHL's Guelph Storm.
"We’re going to the major/junior arena," said Peverley when asked why make the indoor stop. "I just felt that, especially on a [cloudy] day like today, I was kind of prepared if it was raining and we could get as many people in as possible.
"We just wanted to have everyone get a chance to see it."
And see it they did. Fans lined the floor of the rink, everyone who entered the arena came away with Peverley's autograph and a picture and a having been able to touch the Cup.
"I was really nervous last night and nervous just for the day," said Peverley even before the Cup left for the rink. "So, once it got here this morning I was so excited and I just kind of had a permanent smile on my face.
"It’s been a lot of fun."
However, Peverley chose to keep the rest of his day for his closest, most beloved fans.
"Well, for my family it’s been [a long season]. My wife and my daughter, they go through a lot throughout the playoffs and my wife does a lot," he said. "To have a little bit of alone time with her is important and her parents and my parents, they both contribute a lot of their time to help us throughout the year, especially this year getting traded.
"I think it’s important that they’re recognized and get a little bit of time to spend some time with it, too."
Asked whether the Bruins short summer was a mixed bag for him, particularly with training camp looming larger and larger on the horizon, Peverley was quick to say, "Well I’m just looking at it as good, I’m not really going to take it as bad. I’d rather be playing than working out.
"I came here and we started working out but I’m enjoying the summer. We still have a little bit of time left and you just have to let your mind rest.
"It’s a long season and hopefully the same for next year," he said.