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Sergei Gonchar received the Stanley Cup on Monday, July 27 and took it to his home on Fisher Island, an exclusive island three miles off-shore of Miami, Florida.
Fisher Island is a story unto itself. The man-made island was created in 1905 as a land reclamation project. By 1919, Carl Fisher (after whom the island is named), purchased the property. Six years later, William Kissam Vanderbilt II, a railroad tycoon and part of the wealthy Vanderbilt family, traded a luxury yacht for ownership of Fisher Island, where he built a mansion that was used as a winter residence.
The one-family island was later sold for development in the 1960s, and although the island sat vacant for 15 years, it was completed and is now an exclusive community, whose home-owners are reputed to include TV star Oprah Winfrey, tennis greats Andre Agassi and Boris Becker, movie star Julia Roberts, recording artist Ricky Martin and Pittsburgh Penguins' star defenceman Sergei Gonchar.
Gonchar started the evening with family photos around the Stanley Cup, then had the photographer join them and the Cup down on the beach. Sergei had friends from Russia and Toronto in for his celebration, and they enjoyed a wonderful evening together.