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For some people, lightning never ever strikes. For others, lightning strikes twice. Yet, for others even more fortunate, lightning continues to strike over and over. Such is the case of Rick Paterson.

Rick Paterson, Anaheim's Director of Professional Scouting, and his wife pose with their newborn twins in the bowl of the Stanley Cup.
(Walt Neubrand/HHOF)
Rick is Anaheim's Director of Professional Scouting, a position he has held since July 2005. The Ducks' young squad, assembled with the help of Paterson's scouting team, was not only successful in capturing the Stanley Cup this spring, but bodes well for defending their championship for years to come.

Prior to joining Anaheim, Rick spent seven years scouting for the Tampa Bay Lightning (there's that word again!). In 2004, Rick and his team of Tampa scouts looked on as the Lightning were victorious as Stanley Cup champions. But Rick has actually been part of four Stanley Cup victories. In 1991 and 1992, while serving as an assistant coach in Pittsburgh, the Penguins racked up back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.

At the Treasure Islander Tennis and Yacht Club, Paterson proves that his hard work at the club paid off as he proudly hoists the Cup over his head. (Walt Neubrand/HHOF)
It's been quite a year for Rick Paterson. Professionally, of course, the Stanley Cup is the pinnacle for those involved in the NHL, and the triumph capped an exhausting but exciting season. But personally, two days after the Ducks won the Stanley Cup, Rick and his wife Kathy welcomed twins into the world.

On Monday, August 20, Rick took the Stanley Cup home to Tampa. The day began with photographs of his twins with the Stanley Cup, then moved to All Children's Hospital in nearby St. Petersburg. The facility does outstanding work in offering specialized care for newborns right through to teenaged patients.

Rick and the Stanley Cup then followed a route that included Fresco's Ristorante in St. Pete's, the office of the Paterson's pediatrician, the Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club (where Rick works out) and concluded with a terrific celebration supper for fifty at a wonderful local restaurant.

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John Allaway, the Ducks' assistant equipment manager with his two daughters Racquel and Nikky stop by the Monroe Community Hospital to visit John's mother, Mary Ann. (Walt Neubrand/HHOF)

John Allaway, the Ducks' assistant equipment manager, took the Stanley Cup to Gates, New York on Tuesday, August 21. John has been with the team since its inception, joining the Ducks after having worked with the Buffalo Sabres.

The Cup arrived and was met by John, his wife JoAnne, and their daughters Racquel and Nikky. They stopped in at the Monroe Community Hospital to visit John's mother, Mary Ann, then returned to the family home, where 200 friends and neighbours filed through to congratulate John and to see the Stanley Cup up close and personal, a privilege that not many get to enjoy.

Afterwards, John took the Cup by limousine into Rochester for an evening at Rookies Sports Grill and Bar.

Now that's dedication! Anaheim's Head Athletic Trainer, Tim Clark shows off his new permanent tattoo dedicated to the Ducks' championship in the 2006-07 season. (Walt Neubrand/HHOF)
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The next day (Wednesday, August 22), Anaheim's Head Athletic Trainer, Tim Clark, enjoyed his day with Lord Stanley's Cup. Tim is from Clifton Springs, New York, also quite close to Rochester. Anxiously waiting for the Cup's arrival were Tim, his wife Tracy and their children Bailee and Landon.

In order to commemorate the occasion, Tim began the day by visiting a tattoo parlour and getting some Anaheim ink — the Stanley Cup front and centre with the Ducks' logo in behind. It is amazing, and a permanent souvenir of the successful 2006-07 season.

Clark returns to his home in Clifton Springs, New York with the Stanley
Cup rose over his head.
(Walt Neubrand/HHOF)
Returning home, Tim took the Cup out onto the driveway and created the world's greatest ice cream sundae for the kids and their friends. Then, it was over to the Clifton Springs Country Club. There at the golf course, Clark asked members to donate money in exchange for a photo with the Cup. From 2:00 to 7:00PM, almost 500 people helped raise $825 for Coins for Connor, a local charity that will allow Connor Hicks, a five-year-old who has suffered a series of recent strokes, the opportunity to see specialists in hopes of finding out why he is experiencing such challenges.

In a most interesting rented trolley car, Tim first took the Stanley Cup to visit a friend in a trailer park, then proceeded to celebrate at Driscoll's Tavern and then the Halfway Haus Sports Bar, both in Clifton Springs.

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Friday's Stanley Cup Journal gives readers a chance to celebrate with Ryan Shannon, George Parros and Mark Hartigan, so we'll look forward to your return.

Kevin Shea is one of the contributors to 'Travels With Stanley' by The Keepers of the Cup, a book of geography and history lessons taught through the travels of the Stanley Cup (Fenn Publishing).

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