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Stanley Cup Journal - Bill Guerin

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Bill Guerin

Oyster Bay, Long Island

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.

Some players never win a Stanley Cup championship. Others, like Raymond Bourque and Lanny McDonald, are forced to wait until the end of their careers to enjoy the rewards of such a victory. For Bill Guerin, it was a long, agonizing 14-year wait between the Stanley Cup championship he won with the New Jersey Devils in 1994-95 and his contributions to the Pittsburgh Penguins' victory in 2009.

In between Stanley Cup celebrations were stops in Edmonton, Boston, Dallas, St. Louis, San Jose and Long Island. The much-travelled, highly valuable Guerin was in the right place at the right time. Call it synchronicity. Call it fate. Bill's overtime goal in Game Two of the Flyers' series, his second of the game, was a pivotal moment in the 'March of the Penguins.'

Bill, wife Kara and their children Grace, Kayla, Lexi and Liam, spend their summers in Oyster Bay on Long Island, and that is where the Guerins met up with the Stanley Cup on Friday, August 13. When it arrived, Liam immediately wanted to find his Dad's name engraved on the beautiful trophy, and within moments, was running his fingers over the spot, a space between Bruce Driver and Bobby Holik on that 1994-95 Devils' squad.

Bill packed the Cup in his car and took it to the nearby Pro Hoops Academy, where the oldest girls, Grace and Kayla, were attending a basketball camp. The Stanley Cup was then placed in a shopping cart as Bill picked up a few necessities at the Stop & Shop grocery store. The double-takes from shoppers were incredible — he swore that a few even challenged Linda Blair from her role in 'The Exorcist'!

The Institute of 3E (exercise, education and empowerment) in Huntington, New York is where Guerin trains for the National Hockey League season, and at 4:00PM, he stopped by to show instructors and clients alike the fruits of his work at the unique training facility.

Multi-tasking as a huge sundae dish is becoming a regular use for the Stanley Cup, and the Guerins made certain that they visited Gooseberry Grove for that purpose. Now, there have been some very fine sundaes made in the Stanley Cup, but none that could top this one. You name the flavour you favour, it was there. And no matter what topping you prefer, this sundae had it. Not surprisingly, it didn't last very long as the kids devoured the ice-cold creation.

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Bill and his family sharing a moment with the Cup in Oyster Bay on Long Island. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)

 Bill and his family sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup along the beach in Oyster Bay on Long Island. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)
 Former teammates with the Islanders Bill Guerin and Doug Weight get their picture taken with the Cup at the Shipwreck Tavern. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)

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