Hockey Canada Network |
News
Fans Embrace Stanley Cup and Team Canada West
Emanuel Sequeira
|
WJA.011.07
|
November 5, 2007
|
|

Team Canada West players had to wait their turn as hockey's holy grail, the Stanley Cup, was the center of attention on Sunday afternoon at the Castlegar and District Recreation and Aquatic Centre.

Several fans were on hand to have their picture taken with the Stanley Cup and skate with players for an hour.

Ethan Martini was among the many young fans who took advantage of the opportunity to see the Cup and meet players, who were kept busy with autograph requests.

"When I was in line I was wondering what would happen and then I finally saw the Stanley Cup," said Martini, who likes the trophy because he loves the game. "I would like to win the Stanley Cup."

Travis Franks, another young fan, enjoyed seeing the Cup and the skate.

"It's been fun," Franks said. "They're cool."

Chad Ziegler, a 6-2, 185 lbs. forward for Team Canada West, was impressed by how many kids showed up.

"It was really cool to see the looks on their faces when they see the Team Canada jersey and ask for autographs," he said. "It's good to meet some of the fans of Team Canada. It's been unbelievable so far and it's a great experience. I can't wait for the tournament to start."

Hockey mom Sonya Lindsey brought her sons as she saw the event as an exciting event for kids.

"I mean hockey, it's so big," Lindsey explained on why people love the Cup. "It's such a Canadian sport. It's exciting and they see it on TV every year.

"Especially for the kids that do play hockey, it's kind of a goal for them to reach down the road," she added. "My oldest son especially, all he talks about is playing hockey...that possibly he can do this one day and it's exciting for him to meet these players and gives him more incentive to keep going."

As usual, Phil Pritchard, vice-president resource centre/curator (a.k.a keeper of the Cup), isn't far.
Pritchard has delivered the Stanley Cup to various locations, including Siberia, for 20 years now and he considers himself lucky to be as close to hockey's holy grail as he is.

"I'd love to be an ice hockey player and have someone bring me the Cup, but that didn't happen," he said, as fans constantly surrounded the Cup. "Anyone who is involved in the game of hockey knows how fortunate they are to be involved with the greatest sport in the world."

Part of the joy Pritchard gets from delivering the Cup is seeing the reactions on faces which are always the same - whether it's the first time or the 50th.

» 2007 World Jr. A Challenge


For more information:

André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557
abrin@hockeycanada.ca

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

Jason LaRose
Manager, Content Services
Hockey Canada
403-777-4553
jlarose@hockeycanada.ca

Kristen Lipscombe
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
klipscombe@hockeycanada.ca

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
kgoodrich@hockeycanada.ca

facebook.com/hockeycanada

twitter.com/hockeycanada

youtube.com/hockeycanadavideos

Videos
Photos
2014 Esso Cup: MON 5 - EDM 4
Apr 22, 2014
Faith Steeves netteda hat trip to leadthe Rockets to itsfirst win.
2014 TELUS Cup: PA 1 - CHA 1
Apr 22, 2014
Goaltending stole the show as the Mintos and Grenadiers tied.
2014 WU18C: CAN 2 - RUS 3 (SO)
Apr 22, 2014
A shootout loss was still enough for Canada to clinch first in Group A.
2014 Esso Cup: WEY 3 - FRA 2
Apr 22, 2014
Caitlin Dempsey’st wo goals paced Weyburn past Fraser Valley.
2014 TELUS Cup: TOR 3 - HFX 0
Apr 22, 2014
Longo a marqué deux fois pour procurer un premier gain aux Young Nationals.
2014 TELUS Cup: MJ 3 - OKA 3
Apr 22, 2014
Another tie for both the Generals and Rockets, this time a 3-3 game.
2014 ESSO CUP STC 2 – SUD 1
Apr 22, 2014
A shorthanded goal from Alexa Vasko late in the second was the difference.
2014 Esso Cup: STC 3 – FRA 0
Apr 21, 2014
Sabres score twice on the power play to defeat Phantom Monday night.
2014 Esso Cup: SUD 5 - MON 1
Apr 21, 2014
Karli Shell scored twice and added an assist in Sudbury’s 5-1 win.
2014 TELUS Cup: CHA 3 - OKA 4
Apr 21, 2014
Special teams was key as the Rockets and Grenadiers skated to a tie.
2014 TELUS Cup: PA 4 - TOR 1
Apr 21, 2014
Four different players scored to give the Mintos the first win.
2014 TELUS Cup: HFX 2 - MJ 2
Apr 21, 2014
The Generals scored twice in the third period to earn the draw.
Schedule
Close
Credit  
Close
Photo Credit: