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POSTED ON Wednesday, 07.27.2011 / 9:30 PM
By John Bishop - BostonBruins.com / Stanley's Travels

WELLAND, Ontario -- Every day with the Stanley Cup is different.

In contrast to his linemate Shawn Thornton's free form day on Tuesday, nearly every minute of Daniel Paille's time with the Stanley Cup was scripted and that's why Paille and his pals were on the move early on Wednesday morning.

Paille's friends and family left a local parking lot at 7:00 a.m. for a full day with the Cup and didn't reach their final destination (a local eatery) until past 6:00 p.m.

"Obviously, I was as busy as I thought I would be today," said Paille. "But every significant event meant something different in my life, so for me it was a great experience all around."

However, like Thornton, who was the first player to take the Cup up Toronto's CN Tower, Paille made some history of his own and was also the first player to take Lord Stanley's chalice to another famous spot in Ontario.

"The first thing I did was to take it on the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls," explained the B's wing. "It was something I always wanted to do.

"I [was on the boat] as a kid and I always wanted to go back and this kind of just gave me another reason."

Then it was time for Paille to travel to his hometown of Welland.

"I was honored today at the downtown City Hall," he said of "Daniel Paille Day" in Welland.

"I was tremendously honored with how that all played out."

The local ice rink was next, and Paille drove onto the bare floor of Welland Arena in a Black & Gold convertible and paid homage to the men who were behind the benches as he went through minor hockey.

"I invited all of my coaches," said Paille, who also mingled with hundreds of fans and youth hockey players. "I got share the Cup with all of them."

Finally, across town, Paille brought the Cup to a nursing home facility -- Foyer Richelieu.

"I decided to bring it to a retirement home. My grandmother was here, years back, and she passed [away]. And I know that my family is very...involved with this community here at the retirement home," he said.

"I think that people tend to forget the excitement and joy that senior citizens have for everybody," added Paille. "So, it was something for me to try and get a little smile out of them."


Smiles were a permanent fixture on the faces of the people who got to touch the Stanley Cup thanks to Paille's path in and around the Niagara Fall region.

"I was definitely excited with everything I did," said Paille. "Everyone was appreciative and realized that I was on a schedule to follow, but it was nice just to see everyone be happy just to see the Stanley Cup.

"To be a part of it was something special."

And just like every Bruin who has had some time with the Cup, Paille saved his most special moments for his family.

"My wife [Dana] pretty much planned the whole event with me," said Paille. "And my family was there throughout the day just to make sure everything went alright.

"Everything went according to plan and I guess I can just be thankful for that."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.26.2011 / 11:18 PM
By John Bishop - BostonBruins.com / Stanley's Travels

TORONTO -- Shawn Thornton's day with the Cup was as memorable as most would imagine. Unlike his bull-in-a-china-shop attitude on the ice, however, the forward's second off-ice soiree with Lord Stanley began quietly in the living room of his parent's house in his hometown of Oshawa, Ontario and ended under the radar (if not as quiet) in a Toronto restaurant at a party that featured lots of food, friends and a live band.

In between, Thornton took the Cup to the top of Toronto's CN Tower in order to, as he put it, celebrate "on top of the world." However, prior to his day, Thornton was careful not to tell anyone his plans.

"I think when you tell the city or whatever you’re going to show up somewhere, you end up being there for a lot longer and we don’t have it for that long," said Thornton during a stop in Whitby, Ontario in the backyard of his in-laws, the Chadwicks.

"I’ve seen it happen before, you schedule two hours to be at an event and you end up being there for four or five because you don’t want to say no to the kids.

"I'm fortunate enough that this is my second time and I did a lot of the 'taking care of people' the first time I had it, so this time is a lot more chill, a lot more relaxed," he said.

Relaxed was the word of the day, but it wasn't as if Thornton ignored the many fans who stopped him on the streets of his family's hometowns or on the sidewalks of Toronto. It wasn't as if #22's itinerary was boring, either.

On the contrary, the B's wing made sure to sign as many autographs as possible and gave as many people as he was able a chance to touch and take pictures with the Cup. It's just that his time with his own family and friends remained a persistent priority for the two-time Stanley Cup Champion.

"Yes definitely, that’s what it’s all about for me," he said. "I’m being kind of 'selfish' this time, but it took a lot to get here and I want to enjoy it as much as possible."


That said, Thornton unselfishly took care of many people in Oshawa, Whitby and Toronto as he took the Cup to his parents' house, his wife's parents' backyard and through the streets of T.O.

But as he made his stops, signed autographs and took pictures, both of his Cup experiences were on Thornton's mind.

"It’s the same," said Thornton, at first, when asked to compare. "First time, second time, any time you get this trophy it’s a pretty cool experience.

"I’ve said this a few times, I think this one probably meant a little bit more," continued Thornton. "But I was more surprised the first time we won it [in Anaheim].

"I had a feeling that we’d win it while I was in Boston, so it sounds really arrogant, but I really felt that we had a good team and that we were on the right path.

"This one I felt like I was more a part of, but I never thought I’d get one so the first one I was a little bit more surprised," he said.

Pretty much everyone was surprised along Thornton's route on Tuesday as jaws dropped when Shawn stopped by, unannounced, in spots throughout Toronto.

"I got to see a lot of people I haven’t seen in years," said Thornton of his time with family and friends, prior to heading downtown. "Obviously, when Lord Stanley is around people show up.

"We’re...going to relax a little bit then go to downtown Toronto, a couple photo-ops hopefully and pop in and surprise some people

"Then we’re going to go [to a friend's restaurant] and shut the place down, just friends and family and have a good time."

Was there any doubt?

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