Cup lands in Calgary

DAVE BREAKENRIDGE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:46 PM ET

 Lord Stanley's Cup is in town -- hopefully for a long time.

 The Cup made a surprise appearance yesterday at Langevin elementary/junior high school, hand-delivered by members of the NHL's official Cup-keepers, before being taken to City Hall for a 24-hour display.

  It was all a surprise for the roughly 450 students at Langevin, 107 6A St. N.E., who thought they were just having a Flames-themed pep rally.

 They were treated to a speech by 1989 Cup-winning team member Colin Patterson, before the cup was carted in to a school band rendition of Hockey Night in Canada.

 "I was surprised it was the real Cup," Grade 8 student Colton Buhler said.

 "It's the experience of a lifetime."

 Grade 7 student Stephanie Brown was just as excited.

 "It was cool."

 She said it made her more excited about the Flames' chances of beating Tampa Bay and keeping the Cup in Calgary.

 Patterson spoke with the kids about the importance of setting goals in their lives, either academic or athletic, and extolled the virtues of pursuing higher education.

 Patterson said he was amazed by the show of support by the students, who were decked out all in red, waving Flames flags and sitting in flaming-C formation.

 "This is great, isn't it?" he said.

 "This is what's happening to the city -- all the civic pride is just amazing."

 The event was set up by the NHL and KidSport Calgary, a local charity to which Jarome Iginla contributes $1,000 for every goal he scores.

 Southern Alberta director Wanda Bogdane said she knew the kids at Langevin would give the Patterson, and the Cup, a warm welcome.

 "We had worked with the students before and I also know how much spirit these kids have," she said.

 "It encourages them and it motivates them -- this is such a wonderful opportunity for them."

 The Cup, along with 17 major NHL trophies, will be on display at City Hall until 6 p.m. today.

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 FLAMES FANS ARE STOKED!

 * It's a fitting gift for the soon-to-be Stanley Cup champs. A local wine store is rewarding the Flames for all their hard work in this year's playoffs. Willow Park Wines and Spirits, as a way of congratulating Darryl Sutter and company, is presenting every player and the head coach with a bottle of Dom Perignon Vintage Champagne. Just the thing to celebrate a Stanley Cup victory!

 * The Flames now have a sasquatch in their corner. Columbia Brewery's flagship brand, Kokanee, is flogging support for Calgary in a revised version of the "Try Out" TV ad. The spot, which features the Glacier Girls chasing and capturing the sasquatch, now ends with the park ranger saying "dare to dream, Calgary, dare to dream." The new tagline features the rallying cry "Go Calgary Go!" Indeed.


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