The 2020 Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning shall be the first workforce to really see their names on the Cup after they have their day with it. The Cup is at the moment being engraved in Montreal and can return to Tampa subsequent week.
Former Lightning participant and present Tampa Bay director of group hockey Jassen Cullimore stated that is a new custom he’d wish to see stick round. In a regular offseason, the Cup is not engraved till after the gamers have had their flip with it. When Cullimore gained the Cup with the Lightning in 2004, he did not get to see his identify on it till seven years later when he was a member of the Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks.
“When we had been in the parade — I used to be with the workforce in Chicago however by no means performed, so we acquired to go alongside in the parade — it was a neat second as a result of I used to be sitting there with my spouse and daughter, and Dustin Byfuglien had the Cup and simply sort of set it down,” Cullimore remembered. “We had been on double decker buses, so he put it down on the seat of the bus, and my daughter sort of seems ahead and factors proper at my identify. That was the first time I had seen it on the Cup. But that is one in all the neat issues about the Stanley Cup is you truly get your identify on it. And usually when the guys have it to do no matter they do with it, your identify’s not on there but, so you aren’t getting that have.”
The days with the Cup for the present Lightning members are nonetheless being finalized as COVID-19 has made crossing borders and huge teams of followers, each typical conditions for a Cup tour, almost not possible. But again in 2004, the Lightning might take the Cup wherever they wished with out restriction. During that summer season, the Cup spent a lot of time in Ontario but additionally visited the Canadian provinces of Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island. It traveled to Belarus for the first time in its historical past, courtesy of Nikolai Khabibulin, whose spouse Victoria is from there and the web site of the Khabibulins’ offseason residence. The Cup traveled to Ukraine, Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Sweden.
Here’s how three members of the 2004 Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning – captain Dave Andreychuk, Fredrik Modin and Jassen Cullimore – spent their day with the Stanley Cup.
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk was not precisely positive the way it occurred, however he acquired two days with the Stanley Cup. So he had it flown in the first day to his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, the place it arrived after being with Martin St. Louis in Montreal the earlier day. For his second day, Andreychuk took the Cup to Buffalo the place he lived in the offseason.
To begin every day, Andreychuk took the Cup to a youngsters’s hospital in each cities, spending two to 3 hours at every.
“When you consider these children and the way they’re into the Stanley Cup and to stroll in a room with the Cup with their household, it was a very, very cool expertise,” Andreychuk stated.
Andreychuk introduced the Cup to his mother and father’ dwelling and the home the place he grew up in Hamilton. That was the one place he knew he’d need to convey the Cup, at hand it to his mother and father, to sit down with it in the basement the place he used to look at video games as a child with his household.
“Another actually, actually cool feeling the place you are bringing the Cup again to your neighborhood the place you grew up, the room that you just grew up in, my household’s associates that had been there, all my neighbors that had been there,” he stated. “So we sort of had a neighborhood get together simply in my dad’s yard, and it was a nice day. That was the first time I truly acquired to have a look at the Cup.”
Later that afternoon, there was a parade via Hamilton with Andreychuk and the Cup as the company of honor. The parade lasted seven or eight blocks.
“It was about 5 folks deep the complete means.”
The route ended at the hockey area the place Andreychuk began his profession. Inside, a capability crowd awaited alongside with the mayor, who handed Andreychuk a key to the metropolis and proclaimed the area could be renamed in honor of the hometown child turned Cup champion: Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena.
“For my dad, that was actually particular. It’s a place he performed in as a child,” Andreychuk stated. “Now, you drive by it, children name it ‘The Dave’. So, when you are going to play, ‘I’m going to play at The Dave.’ That is actually cool.”
Andreychuk rented out a ballroom at the Hamilton Sheraton for a celebration with his closest associates, members of the family, classmates and former teammates.
“About 300 to 400 folks.”
Everybody took photos with Andreychuk. With the Cup. With Andreychuk and the Cup.
Around 11 p.m., the after get together was in Andreychuk’s suite. Cousins, shut associates, college buddies all partied till early in the morning.
“Walt Neubrand was my Cup Keeper, and Walt simply mainly stated to me, ‘Is this the place we will be ending up?’ once we had been at the lodge room. And I stated, ‘Yeah, that is it.'” Andreychuk recalled. “Walt stated, ‘Okay, I’ll see you in the morning,’ and he went right down to his room. So, we had the Cup in our room the complete night time.”
The subsequent morning, Andreychuk drove to Buffalo for a completely different sort of Cup celebration than the one he simply skilled in Hamilton.
“I did not need to present it off in Buffalo,” he stated. “It wasn’t essentially about the metropolis, it was household and associates.”
Andreychuk confirmed up at a few of his favourite native institutions unannounced. He went to his golf course, did a little bit of a pub crawl, dipped buffalo wings into a blue cheese-filled Stanley Cup.
“There’s truly a bowl inside with the blue cheese to guard the Cup.”
The group ended the day at Andreychuk’s dwelling in Buffalo and had one other block get together. The subsequent morning, Lightning affiliate coach Craig Ramsay grabbed the Cup out of Andreychuk’s bed room at 6 a.m. and took it with him for his day in Fort Erie, Ontario.
“The subsequent time I noticed the Cup was two years later,” Andreychuk stated.
When Mike Bolt and Walt Neubrand arrived with the Stanley Cup noon in Njurunda, Sweden for Fredrik Modin’s day, the Cup Keepers had been exhausted.
They had simply spent three days in the Czech Republic with Stan Neckar and Pavel Kubina and Slovakia with Martin Cibak with hardly any sleep as the events raged good into the night time.
“They had been lifeless drained coming into Sweden,” Modin recalled. “They requested me if I had any plans for the night time, and I stated we actually did not as a result of the massive day for me personally was the following day. So they left the Cup with me and my spouse and my household. We had it at the cottage that night time, simply us and the Cup. That was a type of little issues that was sort of cool. It was good of the guys to belief me with it as a result of they had been dying.”
Modin needed to promise he’d be accountable with the Cup. Bolt and Neubauer might see the subdued household night was in no hazard of getting out of hand, the place generally the Cup might be put in precarious conditions and the Keepers need to step in.
“I actually admire they trusted me with it and let me preserve it at the home,” Modin stated. “We took excellent care of it. We did not do something with it that we should not be doing.”
Earlier that day, the Keepers introduced the Cup to fulfill Modin at the native hockey rink the place he performed as a child alongside with his brother. His mom labored at the membership workplace.
“It was just about our second dwelling.”
Essentially the complete city confirmed up for the reception.
“Just a nice reminiscence and a lot enjoyable to convey one thing like that again dwelling to our hometown, which it is a small city in Sweden, folks have not had a likelihood to actually work together with the Stanley Cup previous to that,” Modin stated. “They did get a likelihood to do it once more when Henrik Zetterberg gained it a couple years later [with Detroit in 2008]. But that was the first time they noticed it after I introduced it again.”
That night time, Modin and his spouse introduced the Cup to mattress with them.
It sat of their home on a pedestal the subsequent morning as extra household came visiting for photos after which anyone else that could not make it to the area the earlier day.
“It was cool to have it in your home and really being sort of a part of your loved ones for a couple of days,” Modin stated. “That’s sort of what I used to be wanting ahead to, not a lot perhaps the displaying off half however simply sort of have it round and look via it and see all the names on it.”
Bolt and Neubrand, now well-rested, shared their data of the Cup and their experiences with it to the company.
“Obviously they’re nice by way of taking care of it and taking good care of it, however the tales and the historical past that they’ll convey to the dialog and fill all people in, you may go on for day simply having these guys inform all the tales about what this workforce did with it and what occurred when this different workforce acquired the Cup,” Modin stated. “It’s good listening to that, but additionally it is good to have the ability to give that to your loved ones.”
Later that night, Modin hosted an out of doors get together at his cottage on the water.
“It was such a good night time in Sweden,” he stated. “During the summer season, it barely will get darkish. The solar just about simply sort of goes down, touches the horizon, disappears barely after which comes proper again up once more.”
They broke out his father-in-law’s secret recipe birch schnapps. Modin’s not even positive precisely how you can make it. His father-in-law hasn’t advised him but.
“It’s fairly darn good,” Modin admitted. “He picks the leaves from a birch tree, however it’s a must to choose the leaves at the proper time, put the correct quantity of leaves into the correct quantity of vodka. And it needs to be a particular vodka. It could be do-it-yourself, I’m probably not positive. And then you definitely take pleasure in it, ideally with a little little bit of contemporary picked potatoes and freshly pickled herring.”
The get together lasted good into the night time. The group wished to take the Cup out to a rock outcropping simply offshore for photos at dawn, however fog rolled in earlier than that might occur. The extra schnapps folks drank, the crazier the scene acquired.
“I believe there have been a couple incidents the place it was good that Mike and Walt had been there to keep watch over it,” Modin laughed. “It’s not like these guys are partying. They’re liable for the Cup. They’re at the events, however they’re probably not partying. But they’re so skilled and well mannered and good to all people. Just nice folks that actually have a love for what they do.”
Modin stated his day with the Cup was excellent.
“I acquired to do what I wished to do,” he stated. “It was actually laid again for the family and friends day. Just a good time with it, wasn’t worrying. I did not really feel like I needed to run round continuously. Just a good day. I might in all probability do the similar sort of setup if I must do it once more.”
Jassen Cullimore wasn’t a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning anymore on his day with the Stanley Cup.
Cullimore signed as a free agent with Chicago on July 22, 2004, six-and-a-half weeks after the Game 7 victory over the Calgary Flames in the Cup Final. The Cup arrived at Cullimore’s dwelling on the city line of Port Dover and Simcoe, Ontario on August 4.
It got here later than anticipated in the day too. Every week earlier, Cullimore was knowledgeable then-Lightning proprietor Bill Davidson wished the trophy in Detroit the morning of his day to showcase in the foyer of one in all his different companies.
The Cup was boarded onto a helicopter in Detroit and flown to a city close to Cullimore and pushed to his home mid-afternoon.
His first cease with it was a banquet corridor he had rented out for a celebration with household and associates.
“I all the time inform folks, it is sort of like a wedding ceremony with out the wedding ceremony,” Cullimore recalled. “You invite folks, you get it catered, we had a band and a DJ. The solely distinction is as an alternative of my spouse getting a ring, I ended up getting a ring that day.”
The group took the Cup again to Cullimore’s home after the place they stayed up with all of it night time. A photographer was there and stated he’d come again at dawn to take extra photos. The group was nonetheless up when the photographer returned as promised.
The appropriately-named Bolt was the Cup Keeper for Cullimore’s day and slept in a spare room in his home, delivering as the get together drug good into the subsequent day.
“He stated, ‘The Cup is below your accountability now. If something occurs to it, it is on you. I’m going to mattress.'”
Cullimore saved the Cup protected and acquired a few hours of sleep himself.
“When I get up, he is out on the entrance porch washing the Stanley Cup with a hose and a few dish detergent,” Cullimore stated, laughing. “And persons are driving by and stopping as a result of they see the Cup. That’s their job is that they go mainly from occasion to occasion, get together to get together. It sounds enjoyable, however after a whereas I’m positive it will probably grind on them a little bit.”
Cullimore recalled a story from early in the workforce’s Cup celebration.
“When we had the get together after we gained, we went again to (Andreychuk’s) home, we had a workforce image of all of us in the pool with the Stanley Cup and all of us had fits on nonetheless. I do not know the way it occurred. I believe it was in all probability Andre Roy jumped in the pool with (the Cup) or pushed anyone in, and the subsequent factor we’re getting our workforce image of it in the pool. After a short while, you may see the Keeper of the Cup, I’m unsure who was there, if it was Phil Pritchard or Mike Bolt, however he is like, ‘Hey, guys, come on. Get it out of the water.’ So, even when there’s the complete workforce, they need to type of draw the line with a few of the stuff.”
After Bolt hosed off the Cup from Cullimore’s night time with it to arrange for the celebration forward, the defenseman took it with his household down the road to a signal that learn Cullimore Lane. His paternal grandparents constructed a home and the lane and named it.
“That was a massive factor to have my grandparents and shut household there and get a image,” Cullimore stated.
There was a parade to honor Cullimore and the Cup’s arrival. They took it to the youth area he performed in rising up.
Around 2 p.m., the Cup left, shifting on to Stratford, Ontario.
Is there something Cullimore needs he had achieved with the Cup he did not get to do on his day?
“Do it once more,” he answered, laughing.