Wings rookie ate cereal from Lord Stanley's mug

DEREK JORY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:47 PM ET

Every Monday, a Sun staffer gets to know a prominent sports figure a little better in Up Close. This week, Derek Jory goes cup crazy with Winnipeg's Derek Meech. The 24-year-old defenceman was a member of the 2007-08 Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. Meech appeared in 32 regular season games this past season, although he didn't dress for the playoffs.

The Sun: How big of a thrill was it to win the Stanley Cup this season?

Meech: It was unbelievable. Obviously for the position I was in, not playing in the playoffs and being in and out of the lineup all year, it was a difficult year for me that way. But being part of something that was that big and kind of knowing the whole time that that was going to happen because the team was so good, it's just unbelievable.

TS: What was the party like after you won?

DM: It was awesome. Just from right after in the dressing room until we got on the plane, and then when we got home and there were fans waiting for us in our hanger, there was a big party set up for us there. Everybody stayed until about seven in the morning, so that was pretty cool in itself.

TS: You didn't actually play in any playoff games, did it feel weird winning the cup?

DM: You'd think it would have felt kind of weird but everybody made me feel like such a part of it. Even in the playoffs I was in every meeting; I was there with the team the whole time. I put my gear on with like five minutes to go and it was unbelievable just skating on the ice. It was really surreal. And then as soon as you get that cup everything is out the door because it's just amazing.

TS: Were you worried about dropping it?

DM: No, I made pretty sure I wasn't going to drop it. I gripped onto that thing pretty tight.

TS: Was it frustrating not getting to play in the playoffs?

DM: Oh yeah, for sure. I think everybody's got that competitive nature in them that you want to get out there and you want to compete, you want to contribute to the greater goal and I didn't get the opportunity to do that.

TS: You brought the cup back home to Winnipeg, how exciting was that for you?

DM: Everybody in Canada is in awe over this trophy and obviously I have been since I was a kid too, so it was just an unbelievable feeling to be able to bring it home to show my family and friends.

TS: You took the cup to the Children's Hospital of Winnipeg, why was that important to you?

DM: That was because of my mom. My mom had cancer and she died when I was 11, and my dad told me that when she was sick she always used to feel so bad for all the little kids. So I went there in memory of her and also to make those kids feel better and hopefully put a smile on their face for a day. It was just awesome.

TS: Most players do something unique with the cup, what did you do?

DM: I didn't have a ton of time to do a lot of personal stuff with it, but I ate cereal out of it and drank out of it. I had a shower with it, too. We were drinking out of it a little bit then we stopped off at the hotel of the guy who takes care of the cup so he could change and get some stuff together. I just asked if I could shower with it to clean it off and the guy told me to go ahead. I jumped in there and had a shower with it, cleaned it off, then it was good as new. It was pretty funny.

TS: According to Yahoo! Sports, Kris Draper's newborn daughter pooped in the cup when he had it. Were you aware of that before drinking out of it?

DM: (Laughing) No, I didn't hear that. Hopefully they sterilized the crap out of that thing afterwards. Either way, it wouldn't have mattered, I still would have drank out of it.

TS: On top of winning the cup, you were also named Detroit Red Wings Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association. What did that mean to you?

DM: That's a huge honour, especially looking at the names of who has gotten that before. I guess there wasn't that much competition for it this year, but either way, it's just another feather in my cap and it's something to be proud of.

TS: You've won a cup now, so really all that's left for you is to score your first NHL goal, right?

DM: Yeah, I almost had that in Vancouver, I had it for one shift maybe then they called it back. That's on the menu for me coming up this season.

TS: What type of celebration can we expect from you?

DM: I think it'll probably be pretty subtle, but I'll be very happy, you won't see the smile come off my face for at least the rest of the game.


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