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Stanley Cup Journal - Matt Cooke and Mike Zigomanis

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Matt Cooke

Belleville, ON
Mike Zigomanis
Toronto, ON

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.

Too many cooks may spoil the broth, but too many Cookes make for a great party — especially if it's Matt Cooke, his wife Michelle and kids Jackson, Reece and Gabby.

Matt Cooke's day with the Stanley Cup on Saturday, July 25 centred around his hometown of Belleville, Ontario. Now, as important as the Stanley Cup is, family comes first to Matt. When the Cup arrived at his home, there was Matt…gone! He was at Jackson's soccer tournament, but arrived shortly after Lord Stanley's mug.

Matt had secured a Ford Mustang convertible for the day, and it certainly was used as the Cup made frequent stops on that Saturday.

Matt gave Jackson a chance to fulfill his Stanley Cup wish. "Dad, can we stop at Tim Hortons and eat TimBits out of the Cup?" Matt shrugged — why not? So the Mustang pulled into Canada's favourite coffee and donut place, a place named after former Penguin defenceman Tim Horton, by the way, and Matt filled the bowl of the Stanley Cup with the small balls of delicious dough called TimBits. The kids happily gobbled the treats.

To continue reading Matt's journal please visit the Hockey Hall Of Fame website.

Two-and-a-half hours from Belleville is Toronto, hometown of hardworking Mike Zigomanis. On Sunday, July 26, bacon and eggs provided a great start to the day, but that much better with the Stanley Cup placed on a seat beside you in King George's Pub. Fortified and feeling strong, Mike headed over to Proformance Health & Wellness to visit Dr. Aubrey Green, a chiropractor to many NHL stars, including Mike. Staying with the theme, Zigomanis dropped in with the Cup at Pilates North. Mike has discovered that pilates has really increased his flexibility and conditioning. "And it doesn't hurt that the instructors are gorgeous," he smiles.

Mike took the Stanley Cup home where his parents, Nick and Nikki, regaled the group with stories about how Mike would shoot pucks by the hour in the basement of their house. "I've got to take the Cup down there," Mike laughed. "It's practically where I learned to play the game."

Patients and friends were thrilled when Zigomanis took the Stanley Cup to Markham Stouffville Hospital. Nothing takes away life's concerns like a visit from the Stanley Cup!

To read the rest of Mike's journal please visit the Hockey Hall Of Fame website.

Matt Cooke signed autographs and offered photos with the Cup in an effort to raise funds for the Cooke Family Foundation of Hope.
(Walt Neubrand/HHOF)
Matt's daughter Reece fulfils her request - a gulp of her favourite drink, a root beer float, out of her favourite bowl, the Stanley Cup. (Walt Neubrand/HHOF)
 A new exercise was added to Mike Zigomanis' rigorous routine at Pilates North. (Walt Neubrand/HHOF)

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