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Stanley Cup Journal - Max Talbot and Pascal Dupuis

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Max Talbot

Montreal, PQ
Pascal Dupuis
Montreal, PQ


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.



"Bienvenue a St-Bruno," exclaimed Maxime Talbot, the hard-working forward who scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Penguins on June 12.

St-Bruno-de-Montarville is a suburb of Montreal, on the south bank of the St. Lawrence, and on July 31, the temporary home of the Stanley Cup. On its arrival chez Talbot, there was no doubt where it was to be placed — the designated spot had been chalked out on the front lawn! "It's like a freaking crime scene," someone said, and they all laughed heartily.

Maxime took the Stanley Cup to the Centre Marcel Dulude, named to honour the town's beloved former mayor, where he staged a fundraising brunch for the Children's Wish Foundation. Joined by Iceberg, Pittsburgh's loveable mascot, Talbot hosted 400 family members and friends. The oldest guest was definitely also the most proud — Maxime's 97-year-old grandmother, Clothilde.

"She was the mother of ten children," explained Maxime's brother Frank. "It was the first time all of us could make it for an event. I mean everybody! All the children and the children of the children. We are talking about more than 75 on my mother's side alone, plus 47 from the Talbot side. Then, there were another 300 friends, too!" Every single person in that room got their picture taken with Maxime and the Stanley Cup.

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

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On August 1, Pascal Dupuis met the Stanley Cup in another Montreal suburb. This time, it was Blainville, about 31 miles (50 kms) northwest of the city, found at the foot of the Laurentians. Arriving at 8:30 that morning, Pascal already had a house full of guests, including his wife Carole-Lyne and kids Maeva and Kody, both of his parents with their partners and good friend Andre Roy. Seeing the Stanley Cup is always emotional to Roy, as he was engaged during his own Cup celebration.

They took Lord Stanley's gift to hockey to nearby Boisbriand, where Pascal had played hockey as a youngster. There was a terrific reception there. After warming up by signing the registry, he signed autographs for another two hours, as fans from all over congregated to see the Stanley Cup and meet Dupuis. A VIP session afterwards saw Pascal meet fans and sign autographs for another 40 minutes.

The entourage piled into their vehicles and made the 5-hour drive to Mont-Carmel, Carole-Lyne's hometown. The Stanley Cup was welcomed enthusiastically at the Town Hall, where Pascal signed the guest book. While there wasn't time to do an actual photo session, Pascal walked the Cup slowly along the barrier so the huge crowd of fans could touch the trophy or take a picture of it as it passed by.

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

 
Maxime Talbot's father chalked out a familiar design on his front lawn to commemorate the start of his son's Stanley Cup day. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)
 
Ten thousand fans lined St. Bruno's main street, rue de Montarville, in honour of their local hero. Note the numerous Talbot jerseys in the crowd. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)
 
 
Pascal Dupuis proudly displayed his newest piece of artwork.
(Mike Bolt/HHOF)
 
Dupuis returned to his hockey roots in Boisbriand, Quebec where he greeted hundreds of fans in and around the local arena. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)
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