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Stanley Cup Journal - Hal Gill and Mark Eaton

Friday, 08.28.2009 / 10:12 AM / Features
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Stanley Cup Journal - Hal Gill and Mark Eaton
Hal Gill
  Boston, MA

Mark Eaton
Providence, RI


Join hockey's most prized trophy as it parties throughout the summer of 2009. As each member of the Pittsburgh Penguins assumes
possession of the Stanley Cup for one day, get an insider's view through exclusive stories, videos, and photographs via the Hockey Hall of Fame's Stanley Cup chaperone (aka "White Gloves") - no one gets closer! The Stanley Cup Journal is presented by Trib Total Media and content is provided by the Hockey Hall of Fame.



Hal Gill met the Stanley Cup at the airport late in the afternoon of August 12 and took it to Little Italy in the north end of Boston. The 'big dig' now over, the narrow streets are so welcoming, with a terrific mix of traditional and trendy, making it that much more welcoming.

Hal, his wife Anne and kids Isabelle and Sophie were there with Hal's pal Andrew Raycroft. The two played together in Boston and in Toronto, but true to the unwritten rules of hockey, Raycroft refused to touch the Stanley as he had not yet won a championship himself.

Pictures were taken, beverages consumed and stories told, but all in all, it was a quiet evening with the giant defenceman and his family and friends.

The next morning, Gill took the Stanley Cup to Bolton, Massachusetts, about 45 minutes west of Boston, and the neighbourhood in which he grew up. The first stop was his old school, Nashoba Regional High School. The current Chieftains were there en masse, and Gill pulled on a Chieftains' jersey like he had done so many times in the past. Students, faculty, alumni and friends were invited to join Hal to get their picture taken in the hallowed halls of Nashoba with the iconic hockey reward, with funds raised going to the school's athletic department.

To read the rest of this journal please visit the
Hockey Hall Of Fame website.

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Mark Eaton's turn with the trophy was Sunday, August 16. The pride of Wilmington, Delaware, the defenceman decided to spend his time with the Stanley Cup at his home in Rhode Island. Mark is married to Dorrie, a native Rhode Islander, and they have two girls, Kylie and Adriana.

After landing at the airport in Providence, Mark drove with the Stanley Cup to Smithfield, just 15 minutes away. There, at noon, he did an autograph/photograph session at Wide World of Indoor Sports in the Pound Hill Business Park, and selected the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which gives hope to children battling life-threatening illnesses, as the beneficiary.

More than a thousand fans came by to excitedly congratulate Mark and to see the Stanley Cup, but few were more delighted than Kevin Labelle and his brothers Kenny and Kreg. You see, Kevin was getting married that afternoon at 3:45, but when he discovered that the Cup was in town, he and his brothers had to be there. It wasn't hard to pick them out – they were the only ones in tuxedos!

During the summer months, Mark works out with champion bodybuilder Anthony Ianiero at Flex Appeal in East Greenwich. He clearly is a good student – outside, a sign boasted: 'Mark Eaton Works Out Here!' 

To read the rest of this journal please visit the
Hockey Hall Of Fame website.

 
Hal visited his old school, Nashoba Regional High School where students, faculty, alumni and friends were invited to get their picture taken with the Stanley Cup. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)
 
Hal sharing a moment with the Cup at his Uncle Dave's farm in Sterling, MA. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)
 
 
Mark and his family sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup at their home in Rhode Island. (Walt Neubrand/HHOF)
 
A private party was held for Mark and the Stanley Cup at Bell Mer in Newport, RI. (Walt Neubrand/HHOF)
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