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Dinner at the Nystroms

RANDY SPORTAK, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:54 PM ET

UNIONDALE, NY — Dinner was on Eric Nystrom with his return to Long Island for the first time with the Flames.

So he treated the whole team Wednesday night to the best dining he knows — Mom’s cafe.

All 24 players went to Nystrom’s parents for dinner for a team meal hosted by Mr. Islander Bob Nystrom and — even better — catered by Eric’s mom Michele.

“Some lasagnas, stuff shells, steaks, chicken and salad,” the Flames left winger said proudly. “It was fun. Good home cooking.

“This was a great opportunity. We only come here once in a million years. It was fun for my parents to spend some time with these guys.”

Nystrom, drafted in the first round in 2002, played for the first time in the building where his father famously won four Stanley Cup titles and wanted to make sure it was a great experience.

“Guys were talking to my dad and checking out all his memorabilia. We had a great time,” he said.

Nystrom figured he had a personal cheering section of about 50 for the game.

Incredibly, he didn’t have to pick up the tab for a single ticket.

“My dad just got a whole block of tickets,” he said. “Everybody I know bought their own. I was getting messages two months ago from friends saying, ‘I got my tickets.’ ”

randy.sportak@sunmedia.ca


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