Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 2011, 18

Marc Savard relaxes on his couch with the Stanley Cup.
Marc Savard relaxes on
his couch with the Stanley Cup.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
The Stanley Cup began August 2011 as the guest of Marc Savard in Bridgenorth, Ontario. The tiny, charming town is part of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield Township, not far from Peterborough.

The beleaguered Savard didn't play a game after February 8, 2011 when he incurred his second concussion in ten months. In fact, the headaches were so severe for Marc that he wasn't able to accompany his teammates to Vancouver as the Bruins captured the Stanley Cup. Nevertheless, Savard has proven to be an integral component of the Bruins' attack since joining the team from Atlanta in 2006.

Two young fans pose for a photo with the Stanley at the Kawartha Golf & Country Club.
Two young fans pose for a photo with the Stanley at the Kawartha Golf & Country Club. (Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
The Stanley Cup arrived at Marc's newly-constructed home in the morning on August 1. He had moved in just two weeks, and there was much anxiety, as there was construction equipment around the property as the guest house by the pool was still being finished. Would they have the work completed, the equipment moved and the property tidied up before the Stanley Cup celebration party that afternoon?

Marc Savard and his children Isabella, Zachary and Tyler pose for a photo with the Stanley Cup.
Marc Savard and his children Isabella, Zachary and Tyler pose for a photo with the Stanley Cup. (Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Deep breath!

Marc, along with his kids Isabella, Zachary and Tyler, had photos taken with the Stanley Cup around the property. He was especially proud of his new games room, which includes a 70" television, a massive bar, a pool table, a foosball table and much more, including, on that day, the Stanley Cup.

Savard then took the Cup to the Kawartha Golf & Country Club, consistently rated one of the best golf courses in Ontario. Marc posed with the Stanley Cup for over ninety minutes before competing in a tournament taking place that day. Later, while he golfed, hockey's greatest trophy remained on display for other participants, members and their guests to survey and study, and always ready for a photo or three. The Cup was a most welcome addition to the 66th annual invitational tournament, and was a lucky talisman for Savard, who finished near the top of the leader board.

More than 100 guest gathered at Marc Savardís newly-constructed home to the celebrate the Bruins Stanley Cup win.
More than 100 guest gathered at Marc Savard's newly-constructed home to
the celebrate the Bruins Stanley Cup win.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
With fingers crossed, Marc took the Cup back to his house, and as he neared the driveway, there was no sign of any construction having taken place that day. The property was complete and there was no trace of the equipment that had been part of the landscape that morning. More than a hundred guests munched on sliders, shrimp and chicken around the immaculate property, enjoying time with Marc, his family and the Stanley Cup.

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Next up, Chris Kelly takes the Stanley Cup to Ottawa, and we'll tell you about his day on Friday here at the Stanley Cup Journal.

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

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