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All Hail be to the Cup-Lord Stanley's mug comes to campus

Thursday, August 31, 2006

  • Tony MacDonald (right) posses with some trophy

    Tony MacDonald (right) posses with some trophy

Visitors to Gryph’s Sports Lounge got a special treat today to go with their lunch order as Carolina Hurricanes scout Tony MacDonald brought the Stanley Cup to campus for the enjoyment of local hockey fans. MacDonald’s wife, Ruth, is an accounts receivable clerk for the U of G’s Hospitality Services and the viewing of the Cup at Gryph’s was done to help raise funds for the SuperWalk for Parkinson’s being held on September 9th.

“The people here have always been great supporters of hockey and Gryph’s is a great sports lounge so we thought it’d make sense to bring it for all the fans to come in and enjoy the Cup and get their picture taken with it,” said MacDonald to The Cannon, as the first stream of visitors came in to see the greatest prize in professional hockey.

When a team wins the Stanley Cup, every person working for that team’s organization gets to spend one day with it to do what they wish, but according to MacDonald, it’s not as simple as just choosing a day that suits you best. “The players got first choice, but a lot of its dictated by geography, about who’s closest to get it next-it has to go to Europe and right across North America. This probably wouldn’t have been the day we would have chosen, but it’s worked out fine.”

MacDonald took possession of the Cup this morning when it was dropped off by a representative of the Hockey Hall of Fame, a man that stays with the Cup at all times as it travels to one destination to another. “We got it at the house this morning and we took a few moments to enjoy it out on the back deck and have a coffee and then we went down to Franco’s, the local barbershop where all the guys go to get their haircut. Then later this afternoon we’ll take it home and enjoy for the rest of the day with the family.”

Being a scout means that you have no small part in helping to put together a successful hockey team. So what does MacDonald look for when he’s seeking fresh talent? “The things that we focus on as an organization, and I don’t think it’s much different for others, is we look for people who can skate first and foremost, and then they have to have a feel for the game, hockey sense we call it. So skating and hockey sense are the major ingredients for a good, young prospect.”

For MacDonald, the Stanley Cup, like some kind of silver-plated Cinderella, will disappear at midnight; taking off for its next day-long possessor in Detroit.

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