BostonBruins.com -- Last Friday, August 5th, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli celebrated his 47th Birthday in style with the Stanley Cup.
"At my uncle's place there was [a birthday party] and they brought out a cake there at the end," said Chiarelli via cell phone yesterday afternoon. "And then we went to the Marshes Golf and Country Club where my wife and I invited friends for a small gathering...and there was another birthday cake there.
"So I have to get on the workout trail after this couple of days."
But it was certainly a memorable celebration for Chiarelli for his friends and family in Canada.
"It was busy day. We started at University of Ottawa Law School," explained Chiarelli. "Going into the day my wife and I wanted to pick two spots -- one for each of us -- we wanted to give back, and we wanted to share the Cup.
"I chose University of Ottawa Law School and kind of spoke about, one, being grateful about having received a degree from there. And, two, about how strongly I felt about a legal education and how it helped my career.
"So, we started the day there and there was actually a huge turnout [even though] it was very hot. But the dean of the law school introduced me and I said a couple words and then took a ton of pictures," he said.
The next stop was the Nepean Corona School of Gymnastics.
"[That's] where my wife [Alicia] trained and worked and where my daughter [Talia] trained for probably 15 years -- maybe even more," said Chiarelli.
"Then after that we went to my Uncle Robert's place for a couple hours and my dad and my uncle had invited a bunch of friends.
"And then we went over to [his wife's family's] house for a couple hours," he said.
Chiarelli said that his day in the Ottawa area illustrated the "magnetic" quality of the Cup.
"It attracts people in Canada," said Chiarelli, who described a simple stop at a coffee shop with Stanley.
"We were there and we brought the Cup in and we were getting some ice coffee and stuff -- sandwiches -- for us and a couple others and we weren't in there five minutes and word was being spread and other people from other stores and restaurants started coming and there were a bunch of cars coming in the parking lot," he said. "Word travels fast, especially up there.
"People want to see it."
But the B's GM was happy to share Stanley, particularly with his closest friends and family.
"Everyone, friends and family, felt invested in the Cup," he said. "That they all had contributed in some way. And I'm happy they felt that way and I wanted them to feel that way.
"You could really see that in their faces, so that was the common denominator for the second half of the day and that was special for me."
But don't expect Chiarelli to invest any more time in celebration.
"Oh no. That's it," said the GM. "It was a great day, and I hope to do it again next year, but it was real busy day and we were happy to spend it with friends and people close to us."