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Stanley eagerly eyed by movie's treasure seekers

by Adam Kimelman

The Stanley Cup took part in the National Treasure festivities in Bryant Park Friday.
In the soon-to-be-released film National Treasure: Book of Secrets, the film’s stars span the globe looking for some of the most amazing international treasures.

One of those treasures was in Manhattan’s Bryant Park on Friday.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets, which opens Dec. 21, is the sequel to the 2004 film, National Treasure. Nicolas Cage stars as a treasure hunter looking to clear his family’s name after one of his relatives is accused of being part of the plot to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.

In conjunction with the film’s release, the Stanley Cup was in New York City for the National Treasure Clue Hunt. Lord Stanley was the starting point for the six four-person teams that went on their own treasure hunt around the Big Apple on Friday. Before the hunt began, though, contestants and fans alike could take their picture with the greatest treasure in sports.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman braved the cold, windy weather as the teams began the hunt.

“There’s nothing like having a treasure with the National Treasure,” Bettman said. “We’re good friends of Jerry (Bruckheimer, producer) and the Walt Disney Company, so it’s fun to be part of this.”

Jess Sherwood, part of a team from Washington, D.C., was thrilled to pose with her teammates around Stanley.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said the Buffalo Sabres fan. “I got to be with it before the Sabres.”

Roger Barkan, part of a team from the San Francisco Bay Area but a native of New Jersey, felt a special connection when he got to touch the Cup.

“I watched the Devils since I was a kid,” said Barkan. “I was lucky enough to see them hoist the Cup a couple times. It was great. I never thought I’d get the chance to touch it myself. I was picturing all those great Devils that got to hold the Cup up and here I got to put my hand on it, too. I could feel the connection. It was pretty wild.”

Phil Scimone, a die-hard Rangers fan who was doing electrical work on a building nearby, came over to see the Cup. He and his co-worker, Jim Crevani, put a hard hat on the Cup for their picture.

Prior to today, Scimone had his own moment with Stanley, from the night the Rangers won the Cup in 1994.

“At the end of the game,” he said, “Joey Kocur was on the bench, throwing anything and everything that was on the bench, he was throwing it into the stands. I caught one of the water bottles that night.”

Courtney Barth, who was part of Sherwood’s team, said the Cup was bigger than she thought.

“I’ve never seen a trophy that big,” she said. “Hopefully we’ll get something that big for winning.”

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