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Stanley Cup outshines stars at kickoff party

Tuesday, 10.02.2007 / 10:36 PM / NHL Insider

By Evan Grossman - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com's Evan Grossman chats with New York Islanders' goaltender Rick DiPietro before the Esquire/NHL season kickoff party.
The 2007-08 NHL season is very much under way, and not just because the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks have kicked the campaign off with two games in London. The NHL and Esquire, the men’s magazine, got the new hockey year started in style Tuesday night in New York with a star-studded party.

A constellation of stars descended on Central Park North for the posh party thrown at Esquire North, the magazine’s ultra-opulent bachelor pad that would be the envy of any NHL star -- of which there were quite a few. New York Islanders head coach Ted Nolan, Buffalo Sabres Ryan Miller and Derek Roy, Islanders’ players Mike Comrie, Bill Guerin, Rick DiPietro and Ruslan Fedotenko, former Isles’ great Bobby Nystrom and NHL legend Willie O’Ree rubbed elbows with a long list of celebrities such as Thorsten Kaye of All My Children.

But in a room full of celebrities, none had the star power of the Stanley Cup, which was also in attendance after a summer spent touring the world with the Anaheim Ducks. Stanley sat on the red carpet before being whisked upstairs to the penthouse party. It was funny to see a guy like Miller avoid getting near hockey’s most cherished prize – adhering to the superstition that says you can’t touch it until you win it.

The other big star of the night, even if its shimmer pales in comparison to the Cup’s, was the facility itself. Esquire North is a $10 million, 4,000-square foot, four-bedroom, three-level apartment that could be considered the king of all bachelor pads. Every room in the apartment is furnished by a noted interior decorator and in conjunction with Esquire’s partners, high-end fashion brands. The game room, with flat-screen televisions, PlayStations and a pair of auto racing video games -- the ones where you climb inside and get behind a leather steering wheel -- was the highlight room of the house.

The party went deep into the night, though it was likely a tamer environment than the Stanley Cup is used to being in. Boy, if that thing could talk, eh?

NHL.com was on the red carpet for all of the big-name players and celebrities who showed up to help kick off the NHL season in style, once again bringing you places nobody else can take you.

Click on the accompanying video and check out all the action from the party.

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