Bonnie's PostI’m so over the top excited for the Pittsburgh Penguins right now.  They just won the coveted Stanley Cup Championship!!  I know, I know, I’m a Canucks fan and I cheered them on right up until until they dropped out of the second round, but then I had to decide who I wanted to see hoist the Stanley Cup if it wasn’t going to be the Canucks and I chose Pittsburgh!   So YAY!!! Pittsburgh!!

Sweet Victory!

Sweet Victory!

Why did I choose Pittsburgh?  Well, there are a few reasons that I will share with you.  I’m an emotional being so bare with me here, but the biggest reason was because they lost to Detroit last year and I really felt it was their turn to win that beautiful big silver cup this year.    I just like the world to be fair sometimes and it’s only right that the Penguins get to taste the glory after having to swallow that bitter defeat last year.

mario-lemieuxThen there is co-owner/chairman and Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux.  The Montreal native led the Penguins to two Stanley Cups (1990-91 and 1991-92) while winning six NHL scoring titles, three league Most Valuable Player awards and two Conn Smythe trophies as playoff MVP.  He did all this despite a series of serious medical setbacks that included multiple back surgeries over the years and a well-publicized battle with hodgkin’s disease in 1993.  So ya, I’m quite fond of him too.

Exactly half the team is Canadian!  Woot Woot!

matt-cookeMatt Cooke or as I like to call him, Cookie, was once my favourite Canuck and even as a Penquin he still holds a special place in my heart.  The funniest moment during the CBC interviews of the players was when Matts 5 year old son piped up and proclaimed “I skipped school!”  I think he’ll be forgiven.  Soooo cute!

eric-godard-28And last, but not least, is 29 year old Eric Godard who just happens to be born in Vernon, BC.  Oh ya baby, I’m thinking that means that we Vernonites may just get another visist from Lord Stanleys Cup.  So cool…unless you are not a hockey fan, in which case why are still reading this post??

To be honest, I get a little misty eyed watching whichever team wins the Stanley Cup.  I know it’s such a long hard fought battle to get them to this point and it is very touching to see the ear to ear grins when they each do their victory skate with the cup over their heads.




3 thoughts on “WAY TO GO PENGUINS!!

  1. Great post Bon, I love the back story info, it’s one of my favorite parts of sports, when they introduce you to some of the athletes and then you know more about them while watching. I too love to see the look on any athletes face after a hard earned win! Makes it all worth while! And another example that you don’t always win. And that is okay too as long as you put your heart and soul into it.

  2. Way to go Penguins indeed. Like you Bonnie, I look for the team I want to win it most when my beloved Bruins are knocked off. I actually wanted to see the Pens win last year as well so I was all choked up when I seen the black and gold from steel city south living their dream. I just like a good story, and seeing the tears in the eyes of Lemieux when those final seconds ticked off the clock, you knew this was the story that was meant to be this year. It was great to see Crosby hoist that cup too!

    • Oh my! I can’t believe I forgot to mention Crosby! He is such an amazing talent and the young captain worked so hard to win the cup. It was very moving to see him accept the cup from Bettman. (Actually it would have been sweeter if Bettman wasn’t there at all but what can you do! Ha! Ha!)
      Thanks Lawrence!

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