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.
The number of Stanley Cup champions who call Boston College their alma mater is staggering. Joey Mullen won the Stanley Cup with Calgary in 1989 and with Pittsburgh in 1991 and 1992. Kevin Stevens was also with that Penguins team that won back-to-back championships in '91 and '92. Brian Leetch starred with the Rangers when New York claimed the Cup in 1994.
Doug Brown can boast Stanley Cup wins with the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. Brian Gionta was with the Devils when they hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2003. Ryan Shannon has his name engraved on the Cup with Anaheim in 2007. And three members of this year's Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins were also once Boston College Eagles -- Bill Guerin (who also won with New Jersey in 1995), Rob Scuderi and Brooks Orpik.
Orpik, born in San Francisco and schooled in Buffalo before attending Boston College, had more hits than an iPod for the Penguins this season and played a key role in the Pens' Cup win this spring. On Sunday, July 19, the Pittsburgh defenceman took the treasured trophy to Cohasset, a tiny town on the junction where Boston Harbor ends and Massachusetts Bay begins.
Now, having a visit from the Stanley Cup is an exciting moment, but Cohasset has had celebrities visit before. 'The Witches of Eastwick' with Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer was filmed there in 1987, and Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn headed the cast of 'HouseSitter,' which was shot in Cohasset in 1992. But Brooks Orpik's visit, to most, was every bit as momentous.