When the Hurricanes arrived with the Stanley Cup at the Rush Lounge on Wednesday night, June 21, only a few patrons were enjoying an evening out. But within moments of the Cup's arrival, every cell phone, pay phone and Blackberry was letting friends know that Lord Stanley's legacy was in the house. Raleigh was rockin' and streets sure were talkin'! The Cup was placed on the bar, which has an under-lighting of cool blue that gives the club a great aura for a special celebration. Tenacious forward Kevyn Adams read a heartfelt poem he wrote to commemorate the historic championship.
|The Stanley Cup isn't the only silverware earned this year by Rod Brind'Amour of the Carolina Hurricanes. The captain
was selected as recipient of the Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward. (Craig Campbell/HHOF)
At the end of the night, the Stanley Cup was packed away and on Thursday, the Stanley Cup arrived in Vancouver, British Columbia from Raleigh. Vancouver rolled out the red carpet for the hockey community June 22 for the NHL's annual award show.
The Stanley Cup was on display, along with all the National Hockey League's merit trophies because on Thursday night, the stars came out to shine. Held at the Centre for Performing Arts, the televised show brought out the who's who of the hockey world.
It was fait accompli that San Jose linemates Jonathan Cheechoo and Joe Thornton were recipients of the Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy and the Art Ross Trophy respectively. Cheechoo lit up opposing goaltenders 56 times to take the Richard while Thornton's 29 goals and 96 assists for 125 points topped all competitors.
Brothers Geoff and Russ Courtnall presented the King Clancy Trophy for contributions to the community to Washington's netminder Olaf Kolzig, who initiated 'Athletes Against Autism.'
|After beginning the 2005-06 season in Boston, Joe Thornton's trade to San Jose ignited the Sharks and in the process,
Joe led the NHL in scoring, winning the Art Ross Trophy (right). But his efforts brought further accolades when he was
named recipient of the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player (left).
The Masterton Trophy was presented by Anaheim general manager Brian Burke and rocker Tom Cochrane to Teemu Selanne of the newly-named Anaheim Ducks. The Masterton is awarded for perseverance and dedication to the game.
The Jack Adams Trophy for the NHL's coach of the year, presented by newly-appointed coaches Marc Crawford (Kings) and Ted Nolan (Islanders), went to Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabres.
The most gentlemanly player, recipient of the Lady Byng Trophy, was Pavel Datsyuk of Detroit. The honour was announced by Cassie Campbell and Vicky Sunohara of Canada's gold medal-winning national women's team.
Two former recipients of the Selke Trophy, the award for the best defensive forward, are now working together in Montreal and were co-presenters of the honour. Bob Gainey and Guy Carbonneau handed the trophy to Carolina's Rod Brind'Amour.
Miika Kiprusoff of the Flames was not present to receive the Vezina Trophy as the top netminder, but Calgary's coach, Darryl Sutter, accepted the award from former Vancouver goalies Richard Brodeur and Kirk McLean on behalf of his own star goalkeeper.
The Norris Trophy, awarded to the NHL's best defenseman, was presented to Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom for an incredible fourth time.
The hotly-contested Calder Trophy for the NHL's best first year player was presented by Luc Robitaille and actress Trisha Helfer to Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.
|The scouting staff of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes took hockey's most prized trophy to Vancouver's Blue
Water Cafe. While there, the grandson of former champion Max Bentley, now working at the Yaletown restaurant, got his
picture taken with the Stanley Cup (left) along with manager Stephan Cachard (right). (Craig Campbell/HHOF)
There are two awards for the National Hockey League's most valuable player. The Hart Trophy is awarded by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, while the Lester B. Pearson Trophy is voted on by the players through the National Hockey League Players' Association. Wayne Gretzky presented the Pearson to the Rangers' Jaromir Jagr, a recipient for a third time, while Mark Messier handed the Hart to Joe Thornton of the Sharks. "I was Wayne Gretzky's biggest fan and watched him take this home a few times, and then there's Mark (Messier) and Mario (Lemieux). It's very humbling to be on the same page with them," said Thornton. "I'm so proud of my teammates, so glad I have good people around me. They really helped me do this."
During the awards show, Carolina teammates Rod Brind'Amour, Eric Staal and Cam Ward carried the Stanley Cup to centre stage to tumultuous applause. Ward also carried the Conn Smythe Trophy he won as the playoff's most valuable player.
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On Friday evening, June 23, general manager Jim Rutherford and his team of scouts enjoyed a dinner with the Stanley Cup in a private room at the Blue Water Café, housed in a converted century-old warehouse in Vancouver's Yaletown. Sheldon Ferguson, Carolina's Director of Amateur Scouting, insisted that there be no 'shop talk' on this evening. The dinner was to relax on the eve of the NHL Entry Draft. Exhaustive work had been done over the past year and it was time for a great meal and some entertaining conversation with no strategies being discussed. Although the restaurant staff knew that the Carolina group had reserved the room at the cafe, they never dreamed that the Stanley Cup would also be on hand, and shrieked in astonishment as the historic trophy was carried in through the main doors. One of the waiters had a unique tie to the Stanley Cup. He was the grandson of Max Bentley, who won the Stanley Cup with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1948, 1949 and 1951.
|After much deliberation, the St. Louis Blues earned the right to select first at Saturday's NHL Entry Draft in
Vancouver. With the first overall selection, the Blues chose Erik Johnson, a 6'4", 225-pound defenseman from
Bloomington, Minnesota. (Craig Campbell/HHOF)
Saturday was a day etched indelibly in the minds of 213 young men, as well as their family, friends and teammates, who had their names called out by one of the thirty NHL franchises through the course of seven rounds. The Stanley Cup was on display, with the other NHL merit trophies, in the main concourse of GM Place, where the draft was held. From 1:00 until 2:45, the Stanley Cup was displayed for fans to see. At 3:00, the NHL Entry Draft began.
St. Louis earned the right to select first, and after a pregnant pause that created much drama, the Blues chose defenseman Erik Johnson first overall. The Penguins, with second pick, selected Jordan Staal, like his brother Eric, star of the Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes, a forward. The final selection of the day, number 213, went to those same Hurricanes. They chose Justin Krueger, a defenseman who last season was named the best conditioned athlete on the Penticton Vees of the BC Hockey League. Krueger is the son of Ralph Krueger, coach of the Swiss National Team as well as a European consultant to the 'Canes. The proud father was at Carolina's draft table when he was stunned to learn his son had been selected by the team.
From 6 until 8:00PM, fans had the opportunity to get their pictures taken with the Stanley Cup. Interest was so high, most fans willingly waited for close to an hour before their turn came up.
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They call it the 'Salmon Capital of the World,' for it is here that thousands of hardy fish return home after a long arduous journey. Rod Brind'Amour did the same thing when he returned home to Campbell River, British Columbia with the Stanley Cup on Sunday and Monday, June 25 and 26, and you'll read all about the captain's chronicles Friday in STANLEY CUP JOURNAL.
Kevin Shea is the Hockey Hall of Fame's Editor of Publications and On-Line Features.
He and John Jason Wilson have written 'LORD STANLEY-THE MAN BEHIND THE CUP'
which will be published by Fenn Publishing this October.