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Summer with Stanley

Stanley Cup tour blog

Sunday, 08.15.2010 / 3:01 PM / Summer with Stanley

Kane, Cup party in Margaritaville
08.15.10 / 3:01 PM ET

Patrick Kane was told by the Hawks PR that if he wanted two days with the Cup, he would have to bring it to Chicago on the second day.

"It's never a problem to bring the Cup back to Chicago," Kane joked.

He did Saturday night and he did it in style, too, according to Blackhawks PR guru Brandon Faber, who was with Kane at the concert and told all about it in an e-mail Sunday.

Kane chartered a flight out of Buffalo Saturday afternoon and brought the Cup and a bunch of his buddies to the Jimmy Buffett concert at Toyota Park that night.

Kane turns the page Sunday

Saturday, 08.14.2010 / 11:41 AM / Summer with Stanley

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

"It's been fun thinking about it and preparing for this, but after this it's basically get ready for next season and do the best to win this trophy again so you can have another summer like you had this summer." -- Patrick Kane

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Patrick Kane isn't yet ready to turn the page on his wildly successful 2009-10 season. That, he said, is something he's saving for Sunday morning when he hands the Stanley Cup back and returns to his everyday life.

"It's been fun thinking about it and preparing for this (his Cup celebration), but after this it's basically get ready for next season and do the best to win this trophy again so you can have another summer like you had this summer," Kane said. "It's been a blast, a lot of fun, a lot of great times and memories, but it's only one year and you want to keep winning this."

Thanks to Kane, Stanley's visit to Buffalo resonates

Saturday, 08.14.2010 / 11:32 AM / Summer with Stanley

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Moments after the puck fluttered off his stick and Patrick Kane started acting like the only crazed lunatic on the ice, there was an elderly man sitting in his customary spot inside his South Buffalo home who in that moment, that split second on June 9, 2010, may have been the only other person in the world to know why No. 88 in white was whooping it up.

Even with 83-year-old eyes peering through a television screen, Donald Kane, Sr. knew his grandson had just made history.

"When Patrick scored and it seemed like he was the only one who scored, my dad turned to me and he said, 'He just won the Stanley Cup,' " Kane's aunt, Bonnie Kane Lockwood, told "To think that my father was the second one to know that Patrick scored was just such an unbelievable moment."

Kane's Cup visit brightens day for cancer patients

Friday, 08.13.2010 / 8:57 PM / Summer with Stanley

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- With his mother and three sisters essentially walking emotional wrecks and his father pretty close to losing it too, a stoic Patrick Kane walked the halls of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and tried his best to make his visit with the Stanley Cup as comfortable as possible for all of the patients undergoing treatment.

Kane, though, was anything but comfortable. He presented himself that way, but inside his heart was hurting and his mind racing, especially as he tried to get through his last encounter with a patient.

"He said it was his dying wish to see the Cup," Kane told in a private interview roughly an hour after his visit to the cancer institute Friday. "I was like, 'Oh man.' It was really tough to think about."

Village comes together to honor hero's success

Tuesday, 08.10.2010 / 12:10 PM / Summer with Stanley

Risto Pakarinen - Correspondent

It takes a village to put together a Cup fest.

"Country roads / take me home / to the place / I belong…"

The day started at a country road, and it ended fittingly with Niklas Hjalmarsson singing John Denver's "Country Roads." But in the young Swede's case, those roads were not West Virginia, but the heart of Smaland -- "small lands" -- in the heart of Sweden.

Before the Cup got back into its travel case, on its way to Antti Niemi, Hjalmarsson gave it a whirlwind tour of places and emotions.

Happy places and happy emotions.

Hjalmarsson's hometown ready for Cup visit

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 5:52 PM / Summer with Stanley

Risto Pakarinen - Correspondent

The Stanley Cup landed in Gothenburg, Sweden, and continued its journey to Jonkoping where Niklas Hjalmarsson played with HV71 in the Swedish Elite League. But instead of the Kinnarps Arena, Hjalmarsson wanted to make a stop at the Ryhov Hospital's children's ward, where a dozen kids got to see the famous trophy up close, get Hjalmarsson's autograph and exchange a few words with the Stanley Cup champion.

And, of course, see Hjalmarsson hoist the Cup, like a true champion.

"It's so cool," the 23-year-old defenseman said when the Cup was set up on a table before the children arrived. He let his hand slide down the trophy.

Seabrook, Keith are very much alike

Sunday, 07.18.2010 / 10:00 PM / Summer with Stanley

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

"If I'm not playing my best and he plays great, I don't want to be holding him down by playing bad. I want to be good and he wants to be good but, at the end of the day, we both respect each other." -- Duncan Keith on defensive partner Brent Seabrook

PENTICTON, B.C. -- Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith seem to have that telekinetic power that all the top defensive pairings have throughout the history of the NHL.

Since being paired exclusively over the past couple of seasons by Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, Seabrook and Keith have become one dynamite couple on the ice. The twosome is even referred to by one name, "KeithBrook." Each has the ability to execute the transition to offense with relative ease while still policing his own end.

At 6-foot-3, 218 pounds, Seabrook offers a bit more size and muscle along the boards. But Keith, who was at one point thought too small (6-foot-1) to play the position, is extremely deft at moving the puck with great speed and awareness.

Keith brings Stanley Cup to Penticton, B.C.

Sunday, 07.18.2010 / 8:37 AM / Summer with Stanley

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

PENTICTON, B.C. -- Jean Keith will never forget the day when she realized her hockey-crazed son, Duncan, was fixated on proving the skeptics wrong.

"One parent asked Duncan, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' and he said 'I want to be an NHL player,' " Jean told on Saturday. "And the parent just laughed because Duncan was just so small. But he was really mad that she laughed and he asked me, 'Why is she laughing, mom?'

"He was 9 years old at the time, and I knew then his heart was in this for the long haul."

It was a long road to the top but Keith he reached hockey's pinnacle this past season – an Olympic gold medalist, Norris Trophy winning defenseman and Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Seabrook shares Cup with his hometown

Saturday, 07.17.2010 / 8:09 AM / Summer with Stanley

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

DELTA, B.C. -- Defenseman Brent Seabrook won't soon forget the reaction by Chicago Blackhawks' President John McDonough in the winners' locker room following their Stanley Cup-clinching victory over the Philadelphia Flyers last month.

"He was drinking out of the Stanley Cup, and the first thing I said to him was 'That's not the MLB Trophy, it's the Stanley Cup and you get to drink out of it,' " said Seabrook, referring to the fact McDonough spent 24 years with the Chicago Cubs as senior vice president of marketing and as the team's president prior to his current post with the Hawks. "The thing is, you can have fun with the Stanley Cup and that's why it's the best trophy in sports."

Toews shows why he's the pride of Winnipeg

Monday, 07.12.2010 / 6:28 PM / Summer with Stanley

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

WINNIPEG -- Jonathan Toews looked beat, just physically and mentally exhausted. His right hand and his cheekbones had to be hurting from the thousands of autographs he signed and hundreds of pictures he posed for.

But there was no way Chicago's captain was stopping now, not with the time remaining on his dream come true bleeding down toward the end.

"You never know what can happen," Toews told, "so I'll enjoy this while it lasts."

It was just before 3 on Monday afternoon. Minutes earlier, Toews finished up an emotional stop on his Stanley Cup tour in his hometown of Winnipeg at the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation, where kids of all ages lined up in the courtyard with their parents to grab an autograph and take a picture.
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