Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Staal brings Cup to Thunder Bay

I haven't a clue why it took an American sports network to bring us the story of the Stanley Cup's day in Thunder Bay, but I'm glad ESPN put the resources into sending Scott Burnside up to the remote Ontario community. There really hasn't been enough coverage of the Cup's travels throughout Canada (and elsewhere) this summer.
"This is unbelievable," says midget coach and high school teacher David Olenik, gazing out over the throng. "They might live 80 more years and never see this again."

Staal is taken aback both by the size of the crowd and the fact that many have now been waiting since shortly after dawn.

"Oh, no, that's early," the soft-spoken winger says.
As for Burnside, he may not get the acclaim many others do, but he's quickly becoming one of the best hockey writers there is.

4 Comments:

At 2:44 PM, August 16, 2006, Anonymous Brad said...

Interesting little note in the sidebar of that article about how the only time a player's time with the Cup was cut short was when Hasek threw it into his swimming pool. Silly Dominik. Mario already did that, he should have been more original!

 
At 3:21 PM, August 16, 2006, Anonymous Rob said...

Actually, I did see a segment on the Score's nightly chat show with Steve Kouleas that profiled Eric Staal and discussed his trip to Thunder Bay with the Stanley Cup. It was this past Friday, if I remember correctly.

 
At 8:56 AM, August 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Score also sent Thunder Bay's own Glen Schiiler to cover the day's events.

I was a little surprised the big boy TSN wasn't here.

 
At 5:32 PM, August 17, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Silly me — I should have specified that I was talking about the Canadian print media's failure to provide any similar stories.

(I hadn't realized the Canadian networks had covered the stories — I generally don't watch highlights-type channels in the off-season.)

 

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