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."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.
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.