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Friday, August 10, 2007

Friday Morning News

Well I've got more Stanley Cup coverage for you and Joe DiPenta has resigned with the Ducks. The contract terms have not been disclosed yet. But I will let you know when I find out.

Andy McDonald has his day with the cup tomorrow. Here is his schedule: Link

Former Colgate star Andy McDonald is bringing the Stanley Cup he won with the Anaheim Ducks this season to Hamilton for a brief visit Saturday. If everything runs smoothly, here is what his day will look like:

At about 7 a.m., McDonald will pick up the chalice from teammate Corey Perry in London, Ontario. At 7:30 a.m., a private plane donated by a Colgate alumnus will leave the airport in London.

Around 8:30 a.m., the plane is expected to land in Syracuse and clear customs. After a hopefully short layover, the plane will fly 15 minutes to Hamilton.

In the 9:45-10:15 a.m. range, McDonald and the Cup will arrive for the start of a ceremony at the north end of the Village Green in downtown Hamilton, in front of the Colgate Inn. Fans are encouraged to arrive by 9 a.m. If it rains, the celebration will take place in Cotterell Court, which is in the Reid Athletic Center on Route

After a brief ceremony, fans will have about one hour to view the Cup and get autographs from McDonald. Fans can take photos of the Cup, but they will not be allowed to touch it because of time constraints. Fans will also be limited to one autograph per person.

At about 12:15 p.m., McDonald and the Cup will leave Hamilton for the flight back to London. He will then drive it to his hometown of Strathroy, Ontario, about 30 minutes away.

McDonald will first take the Cup to a local rink for a community celebration, and then to a family barbecue.

Assuming McDonald has any strength left in his body or hours remaining in the day, he’ll end his date with the chalice at a party in a Strathroy bar.

An article on Andy McDonald -

As one of the fastest players in the NHL, Anaheim forward Andy McDonald can cram a lot of magic within a few ticks of the clock.

Like how he elevated his status from very good player to one on the cusp of greatness, for instance. He needed just 60 seconds to pull off that little trick June 4.

That was the day McDonald scored two eye-rubbing goals to help his Ducks beat Ottawa 3-2 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals. Anaheim went on to win the trophy, which McDonald is bringing to his alma mater, Colgate, on Saturday.

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More details on Andy's visit to Hamilton

HAMILTON — Former Colgate men's hockey star Andy McDonald will bring the Stanley Cup to Hamilton on Saturday for a celebration on the north end of the town's Village Green.

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More on Joe DiPenta Day

HALIFAX –“I’m never washing this hand again,” was a phrase heard many times Thursday throughout Halifax Regional Municipality.

NHL defenceman Joe DiPenta, after winning the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks last season, had the Stanley Cup for 24 hours. He made the most of it. Hundreds of children and parents got to meet DiPenta, have their picture taken with him and the Cup, and even lay their hands on the holy grail of hockey.

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DiPenta resigns with the Ducks

Joe DiPenta is returning to the Anaheim Ducks.

The Cole Harbour hockey player became a free agent after the Ducks won the Stanley Cup last season, but verbally agreed to a one-year contract with Anaheim on Wednesday afternoon.

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Steve Dinn posted 30 pictures from Joe's day with the cup. Here are a few highlights, see the rest at his Flickr album - Link