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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Busy News Day - Part 1, The Stanley Cup

So there is a lot of news today so I am breaking up tonight's post into multiple parts. This post is all about the Stanley Cup.  The Stanley Cup Journal was updated.  Unfortunately the Cup Keepers Photo Blog was not.  There was also some more on the Cup summer with the Ducks and Carlyle's day with the cup (they also discussed with Burke other Ducks news).

Stanley Cup Journal's update featuring Bob Murray.

There's a lot to be said for consistency, and Bob Murray practically defines the word.

Drafted by the Chicago in 1978, Murray spent his entire career — all 1,008 games — in the red, black and white of the Black Hawks. A tireless worker and a fearless leader on the ice, Bob brought those same attributes to the organization when he was appointed a scout for the Hawks after hanging up the skates for good in 1990. A year later, he was Chicago's Director of Player Personnel, and by 1995, Bob was the club's assistant general manager. During the summer of 1997, Murray was promoted to general manager, a role he held for two years. In all, Bob spent 28 years with the Chicago organization.

After a one-year stint Anaheim, Bob worked with the Vancouver Canucks from 1999 to 2005. In July 2005, Murray returned to Anaheim, hired as the Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations.

Bob met the Stanley Cup at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Saturday, September 1. It was the first time Murray had contributed to a Stanley Cup championship, although in 2005, he had watched both the NHL Ducks and their AHL affiliate in Portland go to the conference final.

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More on Carlyle's day with the cup and a discussion of other topics

This might tell you something about Randy Carlyle.

The Anaheim Ducks coach had the Stanley Cup for two days in mid-August and arranged for two public appearances with the Grail. His first stop was the Edgar LeClair Community Centre in his hometown of Azilda, Ont., a building Carlyle helped construct 178 years ago when he was a teenager.

There, some 2,000 people lined up to have their picture taken with Carlyle and the Cup. This is noteworthy because there aren't 2,000 people in Azilda.

Azilda, we hasten to add, was also the more glamourous stop on Carlyle's summer victory tour. The next came in Rockville, near his summer home on Manitoulin Island in Georgian Bay, where 1,000 or so locals queued up to visit with Stanley.

Carlyle is asked about Rockville's population.

"Maybe 35," he says.

He's then asked what taking the Stanley Cup to those two outposts meant to him.

"It allowed me to share that success with friends and family," says Carlyle.

That, at least, was the meaning this summer. As of Sept. 29, when the Ducks open their season in London freaking England, it will take on a slightly different dimension.

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The Ducks Summer with Stanley retold by Jeff Miller at the OC Register.

He speaks French and lives in Canada, but he sang the English words of an Australian band.

Being a champion can bring a man to tears, move him to make out with a trophy and even convince him that he can rock. Sadly, though, carrying a puck and carrying a tune are wholly unrelated.

Not that Francois Beauchemin was, in the most technical sense, actually singing.

"I was just yelling," the Ducks defenseman said. "I had a couple too many that night. That always helps."

Particularly when drinking from a cup that is nearly 3 feet tall.

Anaheim's professional ice hockey team has returned to work, preparing to defend its NHL title, putting behind it a whirlwind of love, a summer during which players were celebrated, decorated and, yes, occasionally saturated.

They partied on both sides of the Atlantic, on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border and on both sides of midnight. They received proclamations from cities, had their jerseys retired and, in the extreme case of Chris Pronger, had their entrances announced by bagpipers.

The Ducks pretty much covered it all, from Sean O'Donnell taking the Stanley Cup to Ottawa to meet Canada's prime minister to George Parros taking the Cup to New Jersey to have lunch at Cluck-U Chicken.

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The Stanley Cup visits Peters Canyon Elementary School

Everyone wanted to see and touch "Stanley" when he stopped by Peter's Canyon Elementary.

That's because "Stanley," as it was nicknamed during the visit, is one of the oldest and most revered trophies in professional sports – the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup.

The family of Todd Marchant, a center for the champion Anaheim Ducks, played show-and-tell on Friday by taking the 35-pound trophy inside classrooms.

"This is a famous hockey trophy," 5-year-old Timothy Marchant told a class. "My dad won it."

Timothy, 9-year-old Lilli and 7-year-old Ashley, children of Todd and Caroline Marchant, all attend Peters Canyon. The three rolled the trophy on its case into most of the school's classrooms, including kindergarten classes.

"Wow," the kindergarteners said as the shiny silver trophy rolled in.

Mike Bolt, the keeper of the cup for the hockey hall of fame in Toronto, watched to make sure the trophy was safe. He explained to students what the trophy represents.

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