|Ruslan Fedotenko was getting restless. The champagne was chilling but we wanted to sip it from a very special vessel, and that vessel had not yet arrived. Pacing didn't help, but it passed the time. And then, he looked up and it was there, all 35¼" in height and 34½ pounds of hockey history. |
On July 19, 2004, after winning the championship with Tampa Bay, Ruslan took the Stanley Cup home to Kiev. This time, on August 17, some five years later, he shook things up and celebrated his Stanley Cup accomplishment in Wisconsin.
Ruslan's wife Debbie and her children Kyle, Derek and Larkin, are from Door County in Wisconsin, and when Ruslan and Debbie were married eight years ago, it was there in Wisconsin, where they purchased property in the Sister Bay area.
The evening was spent telling stories and drinking the nectar of victors out of the Stanley Cup's bowl.
Ruslan is a car fanatic, and the next morning, he took the Cup over to his friend's place to show him the Stanley Cup. Jack Bunda, a neighbour, has a great collection of vintage automobiles.
Debbie and the kids met Ruslan at Peninsula State Park. While Ruslan is celebrating a Stanley Cup victory, the park is celebrating its centennial birthday. They stopped for lunch at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant. Now, this is a restaurant like none you've ever seen. Al keeps five goats grazing on the roof of the restaurant.
Yes, you read correctly! In 1973, the roof was seeded with grass and the tradition began. They eat the grass during the day (and happily pose for photos), then head back to the farm each evening. This may be something common to Scandinavian countries, but it sure was new to us. We've heard of drinks being on the house, but goats? Simply charming.
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|Ruslan along with his wife Debbie and her children Kyle, Derek and Larkin pose for a photo in Sister Bay, WI. while the Stanley Cup looks on. (Mike Bolt/HHOF) |
| Ruslan proudly hoisting the Stanley Cup at Sister Bay Marina. (Mike Bolt/HHOF) |
| Ruslan took the Cup for a go-cart ride at Johnson's Park. (Mike Bolt/HHOF) |