Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 2011, 24

Dennis Seidenberg and the Stanley Cup out for a ride on his in-laws' boat in Atlantic City, NJ.
Dennis Seidenberg and the Stanley Cup out
for a ride on his in-laws' boat in Atlantic City, NJ.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Dennis Seidenberg took his turn with the Stanley Cup on Tuesday, August 9, and although he is from Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany, he chose Atlantic City, New Jersey as his location for celebration.

Seidenberg broke into the National Hockey League with the Philadelphia Flyers, and played with the Phoenix Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers before joining Boston's Bruins in 2010.

Dennis Seidenberg helping his daughter Noah Grace take a seat in the bowl of the Stanley Cup.
Dennis Seidenberg helping his daughter Noah Grace take a seat in the bowl of the Stanley Cup. (Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Joined by his wife Rebecca, their infant daughters Noah and Story, Rebecca's parents, Tony and Mary, Dennis took the Stanley Cup to the Golden Nugget Marina and boarded his in-laws' boat. While anchored, and with a brilliant view of Atlantic City in the background, the bowl of the Stanley Cup was utilized as a baptismal font, with Noah and Story both christened in the most wonderful and unique way on-board their grandparents' boat.

After lunch, the family returned ashore and visited Caesar's Palace. The Stanley Cup was placed on a table in the lobby of the hotel, with stanchions surrounding the Cup as a precautionary measure. Guests arriving, departing or even just relaxing, were gobsmacked to see the greatest trophy in sports there on display for the benefit of fans. With pictures being taken at an astonishing rate, there are more than a few Facebook profile photos that now feature the Stanley Cup.

Dennis Seidenberg looks on as bottles of Ruinart champagne are poured into the bowl of the Stanley Cup at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City, NJ.
Dennis Seidenberg looks on as bottles of Ruinart champagne are poured into the bowl of the Stanley Cup at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City, NJ. (Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
In the hotel ballroom, each table was elaborately decorated with small bouquets of yellow roses and daisies adorned with miniature hockey sticks in the middle. The Stanley Cup was exhibited on the stage, surrounded by bottles of champagne. Dennis and Rebecca, along with about 100 family and friends, enjoyed appetizers and then celebrated with drinks from the Stanley Cup. Among those celebrating with Seidenberg were teammate Colby Cohen, Justin Williams (a former teammate in both Philadelphia and Phoenix), and former NHL star and coach, Rick Tocchet.

After three hours of mingling, it was time for a very special treat. Staff members accompanied Dennis to the front of the stage, where a vintage bottle of Ruinart champagne was uncorked. Ruinart is the oldest established champagne house in existence, having been established in 1729. Any champagne is the elixir of champions, but Ruinart takes a celebration near nirvana. While guests sipped the champagne, Queen's 'We Are the Champions' blasted from the speakers.

The Seidenbergs retired to a private suite in the hotel, and were joined by about forty friends who enjoyed the camaraderie over the course of an hour. To conclude a magnificent day, many in the group, including Dennis and Rebecca, partied at the Dusk Nightclub in Atlantic City.

Dennis Seidenberg and his wife Rebecca sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup along with family and friends.   Dennis and Rebecca's daughter Noah Grace about to be baptized in the bowl of the Stanley Cup in front of family and friends.
Dennis Seidenberg and his wife Rebecca sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup along with family and friends. (Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
 
Dennis and Rebecca's daughter Noah Grace and Story about to be baptized in the bowl of the Stanley Cup
in front of family and friends.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)

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On Friday, the Stanley Cup Journal will whip up British Columbia to continue the summer of celebration with team president and Hall of Fame Honoured Member, Cam Neely. You won't want to miss that one!

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

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