Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 2010, 31

Marc Bergevin looks on as family and friends each take a turn at getting up close with Lord Stanley
Marc Bergevin looks on as family and friends each take a turn at getting up close with Lord Stanley.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
A team is so much more than its players. There is an entire support staff, from coaches to scouts, from trainers to ticket executives, who contribute to the success of a team, and the Blackhawks are very fortunate to have such a strong team supporting the players' on-ice activity.

Marc Bergevin is one such example. Marc was drafted by Chicago in 1983, and enjoyed a twenty-season NHL career that took him from the Blackhawks to the Islanders, on to the Hartford Whalers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and concluded with the Penguins in 2002-03. He then joined the Hawks in a variety of positions, including scouting and assistant coach, and was named the club's director of player personnel in July 2009. Clearly, Marc knows his stuff. In his first season in the position, the team collected the Stanley Cup.

On July 20, Marc Bergevin earned his day with the Stanley Cup, and took it back to the Montreal area where he was raised. Although Marc and his wife Ruth, along with their kids Wes, Rhett and Elle, live in Chicago, the Stanley Cup champion spent most of the day at the home of his sister, who still lives there.

After having a number of pictures taken with the family, Marc took the Stanley Cup to the cemetery, where he visited with his Mom and Dad, buried side by side. It was a special moment, as Marc got the opportunity to silently thank his caring parents for the support that allowed him to achieve this dream.

A visit to the local arena allowed youngsters to line up and get photos with the Stanley Cup, and then Marc returned to his sister's house for a small party. While the adults ate chicken and pasta, the kids gobbled hotdogs and popcorn.

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Stephane Waite and the Stanley Cup on the steps of City Hall
Stephane Waite and the Stanley Cup on the steps of City Hall in Sherbrooke, QC. (Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Stephane Waite, the goaltending coach for the Chicago Blackhawks, got his turn with the Stanley Cup on July 21.

Stephane joined the Hawks during the 2003-04 season, after collective more than twenty years of teaching and consulting goaltenders at all levels. Just prior to Chicago, Stephane served as Sherwood Hockey's professional goaltender representative and was a consultant for IMG Hockey.

Stephane greeted the Cup at 10:00AM in his hometown of Sherbrooke, Quebec. His action-packed day began with a stop at the local hospital to brighten the days of both patients and staff.

The next stop took Waite to Sherbrooke's magnificent City Hall. Built in 1904, the grand grey and pink granite building was declared a historic monument in 1977. There, Stephane was greeted by Mayor Bernard Sevigny and several other municipal dignitaries. The reception took place in the council chamber, with Stephane's brother, former NHL goaltender Jimmy Waite, looking along, joined by other family members.

Properly honoured and very flattered at the city's attention, Stephane then took the Stanley Cup to SBK Hockey, a Sherbrooke-based equipment and stick company owned in part by Waite.

Next on the day's agenda was the opportunity to meet Stephane and get photos with the Stanley Cup. Money raised was donated to Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke.

It had been a busy day, so it was time to briefly decompress. Family and friends joined Stephane and the Cup at a local restaurant for beverages and a light meal, and then it was back to his home, where Stephane, wife Annie and their son Frederick enjoyed the last of their hours with hockey's greatest prize.

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Mike Haviland and family sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup
Mike Haviland and family sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup at their home in Sea Girt, NJ. (Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Mike Haviland is in his third season as an assistant coach of the Hawks, and on August 29, he took the Stanley Cup to his home in Sea Girt, New Jersey.

The Cup arrived at the Haviland home at 8:00AM, and joined Mike and his children, Shane, Kelly and Riley. Dozens of pictures were taken. Also there was Mike's father, 'Big George,' who was instrumental in the growth of hockey popularity in the New Jersey area.

A large bus ferried the Haviland entourage, which included family, childhood friends, college colleagues and hockey pals, through the day, stopping first for photos at Mike's childhood home on Cedar Drive in Leonardo, New Jersey. Almost 200 neighbours and friends cheered as the bus pulled around the corner, leaving Mike, understandably, emotional.

The bus then took Mike to Shore Casino, a picturesque marina restaurant in Atlantic Highlands looking out over New York Harbor and Sandy Hook Bay. The buffet, which included chicken, perogies, salads and so much more, fed 400 friends of the Haviland family.

Mike Haviland is all smiles carrying Lord Stanley to various locations along the Jersey shore
Mike Haviland is all smiles carrying Lord Stanley to various locations along the Jersey shore.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Next up was the firehall in Leonardo, followed by a series of nightspots along the Jersey shore that allowed Haviland to share the celebration with the community - Donovan's Reef in Sea Bright, Ichabod's Bar and Grill (also in Sea Bright), Brannigan's Bar and Grill in Red Bank, Sprengel's Sports Bar in Neptune, Kelly's Tavern, also in Neptune, and The Headliner Jersey Shore, once again, in Neptune.

Back at his brother's home, Mike and the Stanley Cup were greeted by a party, featuring long-time friends. Haviland posed for photos with the Cup, allowing attendees to do the same.

While the party carried on, the Stanley Cup's role had concluded and it was time to retire for the night. Except…the bus had already left, stranding the Stanley Cup and its keeper. Fortunately, one of the people at the party noticed the dilemma and was only too happy to give the Stanley Cup and its Keeper a ride to the hotel.

Mike Haviland brought the Stanley Cup to the Jersey Shore Medical Center.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Mike Haviland got the opportunity to spend part of August 30 with Lord Stanley's legacy, too. Again, the assistant coach shared the victory with the community. The first two stops were to the Wall Township Police Department and to the Jersey Shore Medical Center.

The community is building a new arena, with Mike's brother George involved in the construction. Mike took the Stanley Cup to the construction site, where several teams joined him and the Stanley Cup for a photo. Most were hoping, of course, that the Cup will return on another occasion so that there can be bookended photos of the Stanley Cup at the arena before and after.

The township of Middletown, New Jersey was devastated on September 11, 2001 when 37 residents were lost in the tragedy of the attack on the World Trade Center. The town has created a serene but wonderful tribute at the Middletown Arts Centre. Haviland took the Stanley Cup to the World Trade Center Memorial Gardens to pay tribute to the brave souls of those lost in the international tragedy.

It had been a warm and wonderful couple of days for Mike Haviland. "At times, this has been overwhelming," he admitted. "The magnitude of this victory has sunk in. It's been an unbelievable couple of days to share the Cup with a lot of friends!"

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On Friday, the Stanley Cup Journal spends the day with the Wirtz family, long-time owners of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kevin Shea is the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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