One of the funniest things about the Stanley Cup’s summer trips with the Bruins, at least to me, is how many hometowns of their biggest rivals the sports world’s greatest trophy gets to visit.
Last week, Tyler Seguin, Shawn Thornton and others toured the Cup around the Toronto area, where the rival Maple Leafs haven’t won since 1967. And this week assistant coach Doug Jarvis, head coach Claude Julien, general manager Peter Chiarelli and others got to take the Cup around the Ottawa area. The Senators, in their current incarnation, have never won the Cup.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun today details the travels of the Cup. Here’s a little bit of what Garrioch wrote:
While the Brockville Police had a chance to catch a glimpse Wednesday with assistant coach Doug Jarvis, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli will take Lord Stanley’s mug to Ottawa University Friday for one of its few public appearances at 10 a.m.
“The way people react to the Cup is really neat to watch,” said Chiarelli. “People just seem to flock to it. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the history. Maybe it’s the names. Maybe it’s because people know how hard the journey is to win it.”
A graduate of the University of Ottawa’s law school, Chiarelli wanted to give back by bringing it to his alma mater. And it happens to be his 48th birthday.
After posing for a photo at the university, Chiarelli’s also going to stop by the Corona Gymnastics Club in Nepean with his wife Alicia, along with children Talia and Cameron, who were all active at the club.
“We want some private moments with family and friends, but we also felt it was important to share it publicly as well,” said Chiarelli.
The Cup days sound like they’ve all gone great. It’s just funny that unlike players on other teams that might not have as much bad blood with the big-name teams that reside in the cities the players hail from, the Bruins kind of get to take a victory lap in areas they’ve conquered as both Cup and Northeast Division champs.