Capitals GM honors Brooks on day with Stanley Cup
MacLellan brings trophy to Minneapolis with son of Hall of Fame coachby George Henn / NHL.com Staff Writer
Brian MacLellan honored a Hockey Hall of Famer on his day with the Stanley Cup on Saturday.
The Washington Capitals general manager brought the Cup to a Herb Brooks Foundation event in Minneapolis. The organization is named for the former NHL coach and native of neighboring St. Paul who died in 2003.
MacLellan rode to the event at Powderhorn Park on a firetruck with Brooks' son, Dan, who brought the gold medal his father won as coach of the United States' "Miracle on Ice" team at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. MacLellan, a forward, played for Brooks with the Minnesota North Stars in 1987-88 and lives in Minneapolis in the offseason.
Hundreds of fans at the park were able to touch the trophy and take photos with it.
"It's a fun day, a fun day to see people react to the Cup," MacLellan told FOX 9 TV. "You know, it brings a lot of smiles to people's faces, people that sometimes don't get a chance to get close to it are getting an opportunity and it's fun to watch them enjoy it."
Brooks, inducted into the Hall of Fame as a builder in 2011, was 219-219-2 with 66 ties in seven NHL seasons with the New York Rangers, North Stars, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins.