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Stanley Cup Journal - Alex Goligoski and Eric Godard

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Alex Goligoski

Grand Rapids, MN
Eric Godard
Vernon, BC


Join hockey's most prized trophy as it parties throughout the summer of 2009. As each member of the Pittsburgh Penguins assumes
possession of the Stanley Cup for one day, get an insider's view through exclusive stories, videos, and photographs via the Hockey Hall of Fame's Stanley Cup chaperone (aka "White Gloves") - no one gets closer! The Stanley Cup Journal is presented by Trib Total Media and content is provided by the Hockey Hall of Fame.



Birthdays are always special, whether you're 24 or 94. But imagine achieving your childhood dream by playing in the National Hockey League, winning the Stanley Cup and being told that you can have a belated birthday present from the team by getting to take the Stanley Cup home for a day. Alex Goligoski…welcome to your life!

Alex turned 24 on July 30, and his birthday gift from the Penguins arrived at his home in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on Wednesday, August 19.

Goligoski was selected in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2004 while still in high school and starring in the USHL.

He chose to attend college, and played hockey for the Gophers while attending the University of Minnesota, where he was a First Team All-Star in 2007 before turning professional with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Pittsburgh's American Hockey League affiliate, in 2007-08. That season, he got called up to the big club for 3 games and collected 2 assists from his blueline post.

This past season, Alex split the season between Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. It certainly didn't hurt that coach Dan Byslma had been Alex's AHL coach and knew what the young defenceman could do. While deep in blueline talent, injuries gave Goligoski a chance to step in the NHL spotlight and show what he could do. He didn't disappoint.

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Everyone on any successful team has a role, and Eric Godard, who enjoyed his day with the Stanley Cup on August 23, keeps opponents honest when he's on the ice. He led the team in penalty minutes during their Stanley Cup championship season.

The plane carrying the Stanley Cup flew off to Vernon, British Columbia in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, but encountered some mechanical problems along the way and was delayed in arriving. Eric's girlfriend, Marika, was there to meet the small plane.

It was curious that Marika calls Eric, 'Godard.' Not 'Eric.' It turns out they have another friend named Eric, so to differentiate, the Penguins' forward is affectionately called 'Godard' all day.

Godard (gee, it must be contagious!) stopped for an autograph/photograph session at the Vernon Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs gym. It was members only from 10:00 until 11:00 that morning, then the public was welcomed to join the festivities at the club until noon.

After a visit to the fire department, Godard (can't stop myself!) decided to make an impromptu visit to the police department. The door was locked, but there was an intercom button on the wall, so Eric pushed it. "Is this the police department?" he asked. "Yes it is," came the voice of the dispatcher. "My name is Eric Godard. From the Pittsburgh Penguins. I have the Stanley Cup with me and thought I'd drop by for a quick visit."

To read the rest of this journal please visit the
Hockey Hall Of Fame website.

 
Alex proudly hoisting the Stanley Cup in front of the outdoor rink he used to play on while growing up in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
(Mike Bolt/HHOF)
 
 
Alex along with family and friends pretending to ice-fish out of the bowl of the Stanley Cup.
(Mike Bolt/HHOF)
 
 
 
Eric stopped for an autograph/photograph session at the Vernon Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.
(Walt Neubrand/HHOF)
  
 
Eric and the Stanley Cup visited the Vernon Fire Department. (Walt Neubrand/HHOF)
 
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