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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Thursday News

Well today I found more Stanley Cup news, some old and some new.  I also found some analysis of the Ducks team for this season, the Ducks announce their giveaway days,

I will start off with the fresh news and then move back in time.

Sean O'Donnell brings the Cup to his grandma

If grandma can’t come to the Stanley Cup, then the Stanley Cup must come to her.

Anaheim Mighty Duck Sean O’Donnell brought his prize to his grandmother Marie Moyle and her fellow residents at St. Patrick’s Home yesterday.

“My grandmother can’t come to my house, she can’t come to see it,” the affable O’Donnell said. “I just thought I’d bring it to her.”

Moyle, dressed up for her big moment in a flowered dress and ropes of pearls, got a hug from her grandson and was wheeled up to the Cup by his parents Emmett and Mary-Lou.

Moyle reached out and stroked it gingerly before joking that her 6-foot-3, 231-lb. grandson, who will turn 36 next month, is “too small for 35.”

Leaning on walkers and in wheelchairs, grey-haired residents surrounded the towering defenceman, who tirelessly signed autographs and posed for pictures.

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The AOL Fanhouse has a look at this year's Anaheim Ducks team.

Who's In: D Mathieu Schneider (FA-DET), LW Todd Bertuzzi (FA-DET), LW Jason King (Trade-VAN), C Stephen Dixon (Trade-PIT), D Shane Hnidy (FA-ATL)
Who's Out: RW Ryan Shannon (Trade-VAN), C Tim Brent (Trade-PIT), RW Shawn Thornton (FA-BOS), RW Dustin Penner (RFA-EDM)
What's Changed: More or less than you might think. Confused? Don't worry, as the Ducks have more than a few open questions heading into camp. As General Manager Brian Burke has made clear, he's going to give future Hall of Famers Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne as much time as they think they might need to decide whether they want to play for one more season.
After winning his fourth Cup, the Conn Smythe and setting a career high in scoring during the regular season, Niedermayer has nothing left to prove. Ditto for Selanne, who not only finally has the Cup that eluded him his entire career, but in the last two seasons re-established his reputation as an elite scorer on a physical squad that gave him all the room he needed to work his magic.

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The Darien Times has a very thorough look at Ryan Shannon's day with the cup.

Symbolically, the day an NHL champ receives his Stanley Cup ring, is the same day he gets to spend with the Stanley Cup itself.
In fact, Ryan Shannon, 24 of Darien who won the Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in his rookie year last June, and brought the mega-trophy home last week, will not have either his name etched in silver along the famous swirling sides of the NHL’s lofty prize, or that ring on his finger, until mid-October.
That’s just the way it works.

So instead, it was Shannon giving out with a ring of his own, in a move that most probably trumps even the Cup.
How could that, possibly, be...
Oh, it’s pretty easy really. Shannon didn’t share wedding bands on the same day that he shared puck’s silver chalice with thousands — from the Darien Police Station, to the Body Tuning gym, and on to the ice rink and his family home for a picnic all in town, then way down to Grand Central Station, Times Square and at last to the big party also in midtown, all on Aug. 23.

But he did the next closest thing to it.
“Jess, she’s my fianc√© now,” said Shannon of his girlfriend, and apparent soul-mate of long standing, Jessica Goldmark. “I proposed to her at the party.”

The two have been going together since high school, and Goldmark was there in California last season supporting Shannon when he was out on a limb — or better, a limbless Palm  — and hanging on tight, with strength, to his budding NHL career, skating with the loaded, hottest team in the league from September of his rookie year.

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BRACEBRIDGE – “It was fantastic — so exciting,” said Andrew Urban. The Bracebridge fitness guru was paid a special bonus by one of his clients Thursday: a date with the Stanley Cup.

Mr. Urban trains veteran NHL left-winger Brad May during the off-season, Main Story Pic most of which Mr. May spends with his family at a summer residence on Lake Joseph. May was traded to the Anaheim Ducks from the Colorado Avalanche six months ago, and won his first cup in June.

“He’s not a snob,” said Mr. Urban. “He’s got a big heart, and is always thinking of other people. If you only knew how he acts with young people, helping them toward the future and taking the time motivating them. I can’t say anything negative about him.”

A day before the small gathering at Mr. Urban’s home, which saw some of the young athletes Mr. Urban trains get a look at their ultimate goal, Mr. Urban attended May’s Stanley Cup parade in Stouffville. He also visited May’s Thursday evening reception at the Lake Joseph Club.

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Some lucky person got to spend the day with Ric Jackman when he had his day with the cup.  Thankfully that person decided to share their 134 photos with us  Here are a few highlights:

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Here are the dates for 2007-2008 Anaheim Ducks Giveaway nights.

Wednesday, October 10 vs. Boston          Mini banners
Sunday, October 14 vs. Minnesota            Magnet schedules (Wednesday, October 17 vs. Nashville      Stanley Cup rings
Friday, November 23 vs. Phoenix               T-Shirts