Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Missing your second visit from Stanley

At 91, Surrey, B.C., resident Alex Shibicky was one of the two oldest Stanley Cup winners still alive. Shibicky won the Cup with the 1940 New York Rangers the year before the season was cancelled for the second World War.

As it happens, in this lockout year, with the Cup lacking a home with a recently-crowned NHL team, the trophy was scheduled to revisit some of its oldest recipients:

With NHL players not enjoying the opportunity to be one-day caretakers of Lord Stanley's Cup this year, the league and the NHL Alumni Association have a winner of a plan: The oldest members of Stanley Cup championship teams — many of them in their 80s and 90s — finally will experience the annual tradition of hosting the Cup for a day. ESPN.com reports that by summer's end, 40 or more Cup-winning old-timers will experience the tradition that began in 1994.

As stated in the link, the visits were to take place over the next few weeks, which is unfortunate timing considering Shibicky passed away last Saturday.

His friend and former teammate, Clint (Snuffy) Smith, is also 91 and lives in West Vancouver. Twice a Lady Byng winner, Smith has his date with the Cup next week.

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