Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 08
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While in New York, Eric Staal posed in a photo session to be used in an upcoming issue of FHM Magazine. With the bowl filled with ice, it was more just Eric who was chillin'! (Mike Bolt/HHOF)
Bright lights, big city. It's called 'the city so nice, they named it twice.' The Stanley Cup arrived in New York, New York on Thursday, June 29 where it was accompanied by young Hurricane stars Cam Ward and Eric Staal and an itinerary geared towards visiting a number of television shows.

Lord Stanley's Cup began by visiting the Times Square studio of VH1, and joined host Matt Pinfield on the music network's 'Top 20 Countdown.' Pinfield chatted with Staal and Ward about music, with both agreeing that they enjoyed rockin' out with Nickelback. Eric did divulge that his occasional guilty pleasure was a little country music, too.

From the TV show, Cam and Eric took the Stanley Cup to a photo shoot with FHM, the hottest men's magazine. The photographs were taken at a bar where ice was put in the bowl and the Carolina boys toasted it with their favourite beverages.

Back in Times Square, Ward and Staal accompanied their cherished prize to ESPN, where they and the Stanley Cup did a live 'hit' for the ESPN News.

Cam Ward and Eric Staal were joined by their girlfriends for a private screening of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest' starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, which they enjoyed immensely.

Friday, June 30, Cam and Eric returned to ESPN with the Stanley Cup to appear on ESPN2's 'Cold Pizza.' Using tennis balls, host Dana Jacobson had Staal take a few shots on Cam. "Hey," a puzzled Ward laughed but cautioned. "Whaddya doing?!?" Eric had rifled a shot past his goaltender's ear! Then, it was Cam's turn for revenge, shooting on Eric, although he managed to keep his shots down. Finally, Dana took a few shots on Carolina's Conn Smythe winner, much to the delight of the co-hosts and crew. 'Cold Pizza,' which airs weekdays from 10AM until noon, ran the Hurricanes' piece Monday, July 3, on a show that also featured speed eaters, the Arizona Diamondbacks' veteran Luis Gonzalez and Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who also is a musician with a CD titled 'Covering the Bases.'

Brian Tatum, Carolina's Manager of Team Services, took the Stanley Cup to Morehead City, where they watched the majestic tall ships in the historic harbour. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)
Later that day, the Stanley Cup was flown to North Carolina. Then, on Saturday, the first of July, Brian Tatum, the Hurricanes' Manager of Team Services, took the Cup to Morehead City, North Carolina. He was met there by pals Buzz and Irene Kistler, who hosted the Stanley Cup on their boat. Morehead City was long known as a resort community on the Carolina coastline, but recently has also been identified as a major port. During the day July 1, Brian Tatum, the Kistlers and the Cup were joined by Ned Margum, an assistant district attorney, and Kevin Robinson from the University of North Carolina's athletic department as they cruised the area, viewing the tall ships which were anchored there. A number of nautical neighbours glimpsed the Stanley Cup on board the Kistler's cutty and followed it around the harbour. They serendipitously encountered a boat of Hurricanes' fans, who sported Carolina flags and were wearing 'Canes' caps and t-shirts. The Stanley Cup was hoisted for them to see and cheer.

Swimming nearby was a young man who spotted the Cup and begged to have his picture taken with hockey's big prize. The man, a soldier, had been cooling off on a hot day and was pleasantly shocked to see the Stanley Cup.

The Kistlers brought their friends and the Stanley Cup back to their home for an incredible shrimp barbecue. Afterwards, they visited BT's, Morehead's Beach Terrace, to toast Carolina's victory. Upon returning, the Stanley Cup spent Saturday night on the Kistlers' boat, rocking gently to the warm waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Carolina's coach Peter Laviolette celebrated a new contract hosting the Stanley Cup on Sunday, July 2 and Monday, July 3. You'll discover how Coach Laviolette spent his time with the Cup in Friday's STANLEY CUP JOURNAL.

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Kevin Shea, co-author of the upcoming biography 'Lord Stanley-The Man Behind the Cup,' is the Hockey Hall of Fame's Editor of Publications and On-Line Features.
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