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Friday, August 24, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News - Friday News

TGIF! Not because of the weekend but because the Stanley Cup Journal is updated with Kent Huskins and Joe DiPenta's day with Cup. George Parros had his day with the Cup today and I've got pics. I also have one more article from Ryan Shannon's day with the cup and the Ducks do good in Oxnard.

Stanley Cup Journal was updated today with Joe and Kent's day with the cup.

Joe DiPenta

The second that Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia is mentioned, hockey fans instaneously think of one person - Joe DiPenta, the first player to take the Stanley Cup there when he arrived with hockey's most cherished prize on Thursday, August 9.

Although born in Barrie, Ontario, DiPenta grew up in Cole Harbour and played his first hockey there. When it came time to make his plans for the Stanley Cup, there was no doubt where Joe was going to take it.

Joe fretted for several days, struggling with sleep as he worried about his day with the Cup. "I just worried that something was going to happen, that the flight was delayed or something and the Cup wouldn't show up on time."

All went as planned. The Stanley Cup arrived in Halifax late on Wednesday, August 8. Halifax International Airport is quite a bit north of the Nova Scotia capital, and it took almost half an hour to drive from the airport.

Kent Huskins

Friday, August 10 belonged to Kent Huskins, the Ducks' young rookie defenseman who hails from Almonte, Ontario, a historic town not far from Ottawa. Almonte is best known as the birthplace of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, but after Kent made his NHL debut with the Ducks this season, Almonte became much more of a hockey town. Kent contributed to Anaheim's Stanley Cup victory over the Senators, much to the dismay of the local fans from Ottawa.

Handed the Stanley Cup at 10:30 that morning, Huskins took the trophy to his parents' home where professional photographs were taken. Kent's mother Bonnie and father Les couldn't have been more excited for their son.

A public celebration was scheduled next, so Kent took Lord Stanley's legacy to an area where a tent had been erected in the field behind Almonte's Civitan Hall. Kent witnessed an incredible turn-out, as he shared the Cup with almost 1,500 fans during the memorable afternoon. While there, Huskins spent time with a local sledge hockey team and a minor hockey team.

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The Cup Keepers photoblog was updated as well. Here is a sample:

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George Parros had his day with the Cup today. Here is an article

Former Randolph resident and current NHL defenseman George Parros brought the Stanley Cup to Delbarton this morning, displaying the trophy to old friends, faculty members and current students.

Parros, a former Delbarton hockey star who won the Stanley Cup this past season with the Anaheim Ducks, posed for pictures and signed autographs for two hours at his former alma mater.

Each member of a team that wins a Stanley Cup is given one full day to spend with the trophy and is permitted to with it whatever he wishes. Parros, now 28, made his Delbarton his first stop on a day long journey that includes appearances at Princeton University, from where he graduated in 2003, and in Pennsylvania.

“The best part of this is being able to come back and see people I haven’t seen in a long time,” Parros said. “And to have this with me is something special.”

Read the original here, but I posted it all because it was so short - Link

George Parros Stanley Cup Day pictures via Robr3004 at Flickr.

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The Anaheim Ducks do some good:

About a month ago, Oxnard Ice Center President Mike Paikin said the rink was going to close because of financial problems. Paikin of Sherman Oaks suggested then that the clubs could buy the business.

Both groups marshaled forces and surpassed their fundraising goal of $120,000 as of last weekend, Meaney said. Donations came from around the country, including a substantial contribution from the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks.

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One more Ryan Shannon Article with picture:

DARIEN - Ryan Shannon had a good year.
The 24-year-old Darien native was called up by the NHL's Anaheim Ducks last year Ryan Shannon of the Anaheim Ducks carries the Stanley Cup into the Darien Ice Rink yesterday .  .  .after an impressive preseason, and he notched 2 goals and 9 assists during the regular season. But that was just the beginning.

"I went from playing in a minor league team, and then, in October, I found myself playing on an NHL team," Shannon said. "That was a dream come true. Then, to score my first NHL goal, that was unbelievable.

"I never thought it would get any better than that," he said.
But it did - Shannon and the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in June, and, as is tradition with NHL champions, each team member was given 24 hours with the storied trophy. Shannon spent his day with Lord Stanley's Cup yesterday.