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Legend of The Falls

Wednesday, 07.27.2011 / 9:30 PM
By John Bishop - BostonBruins.com / Stanley's Travels
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Legend of The Falls

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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