Friday, July 30, 2004

Hero Returns Home to Hamilton

Dave Andreychuk captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning returned to his native Hamilton, Ontario, Canada with the one prize that had alluded him for 25 years - The Stanley Cup.

He was greeted as a hero in Mountain Arena according to this TSN article and showered with a lot of gifts.

A jersey that he first wore when he was a little leaguer, a framed photo of him first holding the Stanley Cup, a parade, fireworks display, an honorary captains jersey to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, and the really impressive item... the arena became The Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena.

I suppose Hamiltonians will do whatever it took to get a NHL team in the city. I'm sure they also may have ulterior motives for honoring their city's favorite son. They put on a grand show to make it look that Hamilton loves hockey and will support a pro team there. This may be true, but the CBA agreement has to come first before any of those questions are answered.
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