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Darren Dutchyshen disavows any knowledge of the alleged photo of the alleged Stanley Cup that was allegedly taken during a victory celebration by certain Edmonton Oilers at a certain local bar with a certain, uh, dancing girl. "I had nothing to do with it," said the TSN anchor, a local sportscaster here at the time of the Oilers dynasty. "What picture?"

He does admit he will have his hands on the famous hockey trophy this weekend. And all that anybody in his hometown who wants to have their picture taken with it has to do is plunk down five bucks.

Maybe it's a good thing there are no "exotic entertainment" establishments in Porcupine Plain, Sask.

The whole deal has Dutch pumped beyond even his usual hyper-pace.

"We're gonna go on a Cup cruise!"

It's all part of the Hockey Lives Here broadcast today on TSN (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), an uptake on CBC's Hockey Day in Canada.

TSN will be everywhere from the pond hockey championships in New Brunswick to the massive pee wee tournament in Quebec City to a game on the Yukon River.

As part of it, Dutch gets to go home. And bring Lord Stanley's mug with him

"It isn't going anywhere else this spring, so we're just going to pop it out (in Porcupine). If a cop's got somebody pulled over on the side of the road, maybe we'll just pull over and say, 'Hey, do you want to take your picture with the Stanley Cup?'

"Because I think the best television, the most honest, most emotional, is people's instantaneous reactions to things.

"I don't even know where we're going. But we're going to drive around and just bust it out," Dutchyshen said on Wednesday while heading to the TSN office in downtown Toronto. He was going to work instead of getting on a plane to Saskatoon, because that was the day the Bob and Gary Show (allegedly) shut down the NHL season.

He figured that would make it even more special.

"When I phoned people and told them that I was bringing the Cup, the lady that helps organize a lot of the stuff in town, a lady named Carla Hipkins - she was was my librarian. She used to pull me by my ear and throw me out of the library in high school: 'Smarten up!' - she's one of these people that are very active, very selfless, loves to get involved, and when I told her, she was overwhelmed."

The only other Porcupiner that got anywhere close to the Cup was former St. Louis Blues slugger Kelly Chase, Dutschyshen's brother-in-law. ("I made him!")

"They asked me if I wanted to go to Porcupine, because we we're going to have representation from across the country. I said, 'Absolutely.' So we we're talking about how we could make an impact on the town. Richard Wells (the brother of veteran broadcaster John Wells), he was the one with the idea. He was the one who said, 'Let's get the Cup and take it to Porcupine Plain.'

"That was the hook. I mean, they see this tired old face every summer!

"The Hockey Hall of Fame was generous enough to let us do this. And I'm very appreciative of that.

"I didn't earn it, I didn't play for it, but somehow I feel like it is all of ours."

And he knew the hammerheads of the NHL couldn't spoil this party.

"You know what, though? The game is so much more than the NHL in this country. The NHL is just the tip of the iceberg. I mean, you've got everybody playing hockey in this country. And this is a celebration of the game.

"There's nothing wrong with hockey. There's something wrong with the NHL and the way it's conducted itself over the least six months. But there's nothing wrong with the game."

And the five bucks per photo? It's going to the local rink.

"It's how in a place like Porcupine the rink really is the meeting place. The winters, everybody knows what it's like out West, you're staring at eight months of it. The curling rink and the hockey rink are hooked together and that's where everybody goes."

Everybody but the "professionals."

DUTCH'S TAKE ON THE SHUTDOWN:

"If there's no money, there's no money. They keep saying, 'You've got to get creative.' Five bucks is five bucks. I don't care how you take the loonies and toonies and quarters and swish them around, it's still five dollars."


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