BostonBruins.com -- Tom McVie is a man who truly made a career out of his passion. He started as a player in the West Coast Hockey League (WHL) before beginning his 23-year long coaching career.
|McVie and Stanley get interviewed (photo by Ken Gregg). For a full gallery click here. |
Now a scout for the Boston Bruins focusing on West Coast professional leagues, this past season was Mcvie’s 17th with the B's organization.
The plan for his day with the Stanley Cup was simple -- to share it. And share it he did.
“I used to live in Portland and now I live in Vancouver so I didn’t want to 'diss' either city, because I wanted to share it with both cities," said McVie, who started the day at many local TV stations making appearances with the Cup.
First he got the Portland community involved at a celebration in Pioneer Square.
The WHL’s Portland Winterhawks were on hand to provide some hockey-themed fun.
“They had the Zamboni down there, nets for the kids to shoot pucks," said McVie. "They had me up on the stage with the Stanley Cup.
"There were probably 2,500 to 3,000 people there!”
Then, in the afternoon, McVie brought the cup to the Mountain View Ice Arena in his home of Vancouver, Washington.
There were people lined up around the rink to get a chance to see and touch Lord Stanley.
”I don’t think hardly anyone didn’t say to me, thank you for sharing this great moment with us," said McVie. "It just brought tears to my eyes.”
Finally, McVie ended the day with a party for friends and family at his home.
“It was just a tremendous evening,” said the scout about the big meal prepared at his home.
“We made four great big pots of spaghetti sauce and we were able to feed all hundred people.”
Asked about the B's Cup run, McVie recalled hoisting the Stanley Cup over his head on the ice after the Bruins won Game 7 as “the biggest thrill I’ve ever had.
“I’ve had 55 years in pro hockey and it’s never happened before it’s so great," said McVie. "I don’t want it to happen right away, but I can die in peace now.” ---Erika Wentzell