Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 2011, 22

Peter Chiarelli and his family sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup at their home in Lexington, MA.
Peter Chiarelli and his family
sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup
at their home in Lexington, MA.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
The Stanley Cup celebrations each summer are not reserved solely for players. Each team determines a schedule, in tandem with the National Hockey League and the Hockey Hall of Fame, which takes into consideration the owners, management, coaches, scouts, trainers and equipment manager, as well as the player roster. It makes for a very busy summer, but an exceptionally exciting off-season.

On July 16, the Stanley Cup visited Peter Chiarelli, the Bruins' general manager, at his home in Lexington, Massachusetts. Lexington is famous for being the site of the initial shot of the American Revolution back in April 1775. Now, while Peter undoubtedly enjoys the history of his town, the only shots he truly cares about are the slap, snap, wrist and backhand variety!

Peter Chiarelli and the Stanley Cup posing for a photo in front of his neighbours house in Lexington, MA.
Peter Chiarelli and the Stanley Cup posing for a photo in front of his neighbours house in Lexington, MA. (Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
After seven seasons working with the Ottawa Senators, Peter joined the Boston Bruins in May 2006. His five-year plan was realized when his Bruins collected the Stanley Cup last June. The day was spent in a most relaxed fashion in the backyard of the family home, joined by friends and neighbours. Each took a turn swallowing the nectar of celebrations (champagne!) from the historic fluted bowl of the Stanley Cup. That evening, a smaller group remained at the Chiarelli home, enjoying the result of Peter's diligent work.

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Flipping the calendar pages, Peter enjoyed the Stanley Cup again in Ottawa on Friday, August 5, his 47th birthday. Although he attended Harvard, and played hockey there, Chiarelli was born and raised in Ottawa, where he also earned his law degree. After serving as a player agent for several years, he joined the Senators in 1999.

Peter, his wife Alicia and their kids, Talia and Cameron, packed a lot into this day. It began in earnest with a reception at the University of Ottawa, Peter's alma mater. Speeches were followed by plenty of photos and several interviews with the media.

After a couple of hours, the party moved to the Nepean Corona School of Gymnastics. Talia is an elite gymnastic and has been working out of this club. Her Dad brought the Stanley Cup by for the enjoyment of the athletes and their parents.

A reception was held for Peter Chiarelli at Ottawa University.
A reception was held for Peter Chiarelli at Ottawa University.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
A quick surprise stop at a Tim Hortons was followed by a visit with Peter's uncle Bob, who hosted a birthday party for Peter, his family and friends. Then, it was a quiet celebration with friends, the Brancatos, outside relaxing with the Stanley Cup and the Prince of Wales Trophy. George Brancato was, at one time, an outstanding player in the Canadian Football League, having played with the Montreal Alouettes and the Ottawa Rough Riders. After retiring, he went into coaching, winning a Grey Cup championship in 1976.

Peter Chiarelli's day with the Stanley Cup concluded at Ottawa's beautiful Marshes Golf Club, located within the Kanata Research Park, the leading high-technology campus in Ottawa. Peter shared his victory with fellow golfers, allowing pictures with the Stanley Cup while enjoying food and beverages.

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Claude Julien along with wife Karen and daughter Katrina sharing a moment with Lord Stanley outside the Westin Ottawa.
Claude Julien along with wife Karen and daughter Katrina sharing a moment with Lord Stanley outside the Westin Ottawa.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
The next day, it was coach Claude Julien's day with Lord Stanley's legacy. Although born in Blind River, Ontario, Claude's parents live just outside Ottawa, and while he, his wife Karen and their daughter Katrina live also in Lexington, Massachusetts during the hockey season, they consider Ottawa home as well.

Claude had a brief hockey career in the National Hockey League, but was a star playing junior. Curiously, he captained the Windsor Spitfires, as did Joel Quenneville, who coached the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks one year prior to the Bruins' celebration. Spitfire coach Wayne Maxner is smiling somewhere today!

The day began at the Westin Ottawa, a terrific hotel overlooking both the Rideau Canal and the ParliamentBuildings. Claude had photos taken with the Stanley Cup and the historic buildings in the background.

Family, friends and neighbours gathered at Ottawa's Tudor Hall for a wonderful two-hour Stanley Cup reception at the banquet hall.

The Juliens then took the Stanley Cup to his parents' home in nearby Navan, a village about forty minutes from Ottawa's downtown core. The Stanley Cup and Prince of Wales Trophy were guests of honour at a backyard party for family and friends, while a little later, neighbours were also invited over to enjoy the celebration.

The garage door at his parents' home was adorned with a giant photo of Claude hoisting the Stanley Cup after his Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks on June 15.

The trophies stayed at his parents' home as Claude basked in the affection and relaxed with those he cares about most. The seasons are grinds, and there is little time through the course of a year to be able to enjoy the moment and not have to think ahead in the chess game that is an NHL season.

Dinner was spent with family and close friends at GiuseppinaPalace, a terrific banquet facilityin the Ottawa suburb of Nepean, and it was here that Claude Julien's victory day concluded just before midnight.

With the Stanley Cup on display, Claude Julien answered questions from the media at Tudor Hall.   Claude Julien proudly hoisting Lord Stanley along with family while spending some time at his parents home in Navan, ON.
With the Stanley Cup on display, Claude Julien answered questions from the media at Tudor Hall.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
 
Claude Julien proudly hoisting Lord Stanley along with family while spending some time at his parents home in Navan, ON.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)

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Patrice Bergeron took full advantage of his time with the Stanley Cup, and you'll find out all about it when the Stanley Cup Journal returns on Friday. Let's meet here then, okay?

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

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