WINNIPEG - Norman Larocque is about to receive the royal treatment.
Larocque, a 51-year-old management consultant from Ste. Anne, won a Scotia Hockey Club promotion that allows one fan to watch Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final with former Calgary Flames captain Lanny McDonald.
“It’s very, very exciting. It’s something I had entered on a whim,” said Larocque. “For a Manitoba boy and a hockey fan, this is a thrill of a lifetime. You get treated like royalty and it’s amazing. You never think you’re going to win these things. I was on Facebook, it was one of those things that popped up and it seemed interesting. I entered my name and that was it.
“I had no clue when I got the phone call, I hadn’t remembered I had even entered the contest.”
It’s likely Larocque won’t forget the experience though.
He will fly to Calgary on Tuesday with his wife, son and son-in-law to meet McDonald before making their way to Los Angeles, spending a little time with the Stanley Cup and getting a tour of Staples Center before the game.
Larocque, whose niece Jocelyne is a member of Canada’s national women’s hockey team, could be in the building when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman presents the Kings with the Stanley Cup.
Larocque is also excited to see New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur in action.
“At the end of his career, he’ll be the best goalie that ever played. I’m sure of that.”
Though McDonald doesn’t know it, he and Larocque have some history dating back to the 1989 Stanley Cup final.
“I grew up watching Lanny McDonald and back in the day was a Habs fan when he broke my heart by scoring that winning goal in Game 6,” said Larocque, a longtime Montreal Canadiens fan. “It was his last year and even though he broke my heart, I was happy for him.”