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A long-distance celebration among the Brouwers

by Dan Rosen / Chicago Blackhawks

-- As much as Troy Brouwer wanted to stay on the ice all night long and celebrate the Stanley Cup, he kept trying to inch his way closer to the door that would lead him into the Blackhawks' dressing room so he could make a phone call.

Don Brouwer, Troy's father, told his son that he would stay up late out in Surrey, B.C. on the off chance the Hawks won Game 6 Wednesday in Philadelphia. Since Don couldn't be here at the Wachovia Center, it was the only way he could celebrate with his boy.

"There's one thing to come and be able to witness this and see what happens," Troy Brouwer said after Chicago finished the Flyers with a 4-3 overtime win in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, "but when I'm actually able to bring the Cup home for the day, I don't know what I'll do yet, but I know I'll be spending the whole day with him."

Don Brouwer could not attend Game 6 because his doctors would not allow him. He's still recovering from brain surgery performed in early April, but he was in his hospital room watching the game with several family members and close friends.

Before he made the call, Troy at least got the chance to talk to his father via a live interview with CBC.

"I said I'm real proud of him and I know he's real proud of me, so just keep the progress going and I'll be home real soon to see him and celebrate with him," Brouwer said.

While his father, who still can't walk on his own, was laid up several thousand miles away, Kathy Brouwer, Troy's mom, was in the building to witness her son become a part of hockey history.

Kathy told that Troy has remained "amazingly strong" ever since Don had a blood clot suddenly burst in his brain. After he had life-saving surgery performed, Don remained unconscious for a week at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C.

"It was definitely a shock at the beginning and it was great that the team let him come home when my husband first had the surgery," Kathy said. "He's come back and tried hard to focus. He's always been very focused, so just his normal habits have helped him out a lot."

Brouwer said the personal adversity he's faced "will make me a stronger person going forward." He said his father's progress has coincided with the Blackhawks' run.

"Whenever you're in a tough situation and you're able to have some good around you it's always going to pick up your spirits," Troy said. "When you're having a tough time and your spirits are picked up it's going to really lift you. That's a few things he's told me, that I'm really helping him with his recovery."

Brouwer is happy to report his father is getting real close to walking again, and he's making excellent progress.

"Hopefully soon he'll be home," Troy said.

Hopefully in time to celebrate the Cup with his son.

Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl

Author: Dan Rosen | Staff Writer

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