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House M.D. hosts visit from the Stanley Cup

Thursday, 05.08.2008 / 10:00 AM / NHL Insider

By Thomas LaRocca - Los Angeles Kings.com


David Shore, creator and executive producer of the Fox TV series, "House M.D.", is a native of
London, Ontario, and a lifelong Maple Leafs fan.
Since 2004, Dr. Gregory House and his team of medical doctors have conquered the world of exotic, life-threatening diseases through timely diagnosis and aggressive treatments.

On Wednesday, Dr. House and his colleagues were faced with their toughest diagnosis to date, Stanley Cup-itis.

The Stanley Cup, the NHL’s revered championship trophy, visited the set of the popular Fox television series House, M.D. as the cast and crew visited with the Cup, posing for photos with a tangible part of hockey history.

“The Cup is an icon, literally an icon,” said David Shore, the show’s creator and executive producer. “It is not like any other trophy in any other sport. It is the history, it is the fact that the players names are on it, it is the fact that the players get to carry it around. It is not just a piece of hardware, it is real. It is tangible. It does not get stuck in a trophy case.

“When you are near it, you feel close to the history of the game.”

Getting up close and personal with the Cup is exactly what Shore and his group of 15 writers, as well as members of the cast and crew, did Wednesday in between shooting scenes of the season finale of House, M.D. on lot 89 at the 20th Century Fox studios in Los Angeles.

It’s funny how when you get a group of writers huddled around the Stanley Cup, all they do is look for typos as the group proof-read the Cup.

A little known fact is that their are actual errors printed on the Cup and the group was quick to point out the 1972 Boston Bruins being spelled with q’s as opposed to o’s – ‘Bqstqn” – and the 1980-81 New York Islanders missing an “s” – Ilanders – as well as the 1962-63 Toronto Maple Leafs missing an ‘f,’ – written as the Toronto Maple Leas.

With a smile, Shore said it wasn’t much of a surprise his writing staff would spot those errors

“They are detail-oriented people,” said Shore.

They are also hockey fans and the conversation quickly turns to the sport during lulls in the creative process of developing the show’s story arc.

“There is a surprising hockey contingent in the writers’ room, which probably bores the rest of the writers, but it is fun for us,” Shore said.

Shore, a native of London, Ontario, grew up a Toronto Maple Leafs fan and follows hockey in general. With his beloved Leafs out of the playoffs, Shore is hoping the Cup gets awarded to the Detroit Red Wings after a hard-fought series with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final.

His adopted team, the Los Angeles Kings, has not made the playoffs since 2002, but Shore still holds season tickets with a friend and plays in hockey leagues with his son at Valley Ice Center in Panorama City.

“I moved down here to LA and felt I had to stay in touch with my Canadian roots,” he said. “So I started playing hockey and going to hockey games.”

Though the Cup was on the set of House – actually just outside House’s office where he and his team routinely meet to diagnose many of those ill patients – it will not be making an appearance on the program itself.

The visit was a reward for his staff’s hard work as the team wraps up the season finale, set to air May 19.

Shore, though, claimed that he would love to write the Cup into the series, but that he hasn’t figured out how to do that yet.

"It is not just a piece of hardware, it is real. It is tangible. It does not get stuck in a trophy case." -- Daivd Shore on
the Stanley Cup
Impressed as the cast and crew were with the Cup, Shore said it could not really compare to the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series that Shore won in 2005.

“This is cool,” Shore said. “The Emmy was a little cooler, though. However, if I brought the Emmy to the office, I don’t think it would have generated the kind of excitement that the Cup did.”

Golden Globe-winning actor Hugh Laurie, who plays the title character, stopped by in between scenes for a few minutes to take his picture with the Cup, but had to get back to the set for another shoot.

The series, which airs Monday at 9 p.m. on Fox, is an innovative take on the medical drama, solving mysteries where the villain is a medical malady and the hero is an anti-social doctor who trusts no one -- least of all his patients.

Dr. House leads an elite team of medical doctors that help him unravel these medical mysteries, which have included exotic diseases such as Neurocysticercosis, Hepatocellular adenoma, Gold sodium thiomalate poisoning
Von Hippel-Lindau disease, Colchicine poisoning and Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, just to name a few.

Co-stars Peter Jacobson, who plays Dr. Chris Taub, Dr. Laurence Kutner, played by Kal Penn, of Harrold and Kumar fame, and Olivia Wilde, who plays the character known as Thirteen, all came down to visit with the Cup, snap photos and talk hockey.

Shore, the Maple Leafs fan that he is, plans on sending his photo out to all of his family and friends.

“I am going to send this [photo] to all of my friends with a caption that says ‘I have now touched something that Mats Sundin never has.’”


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