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What wine goes with petting the Stanley Cup?

In case you’re wondering where the Stanley Cup has been the past 48 hours, I can assure you we are taking good care of it out here in Portland, where it is visiting ice rinks, downtown squares and being generally worshipped. We lined up, we saw, we petted, we hugged, we kissed and we photographed it. Tonight, it will also make a stop at a local bar, but of course.  Clearly, a second viewing is in order this evening. More pictures, more worshipping and more whatever will follow. That being said, the main question is what adult beverage goes with such a momentous event?

Some lines are worth standing in: Fans got in line so early, they started the festivities early.  It was about a 45 minute wait, but nobody seemed to mind. It’s the Cup after all. Plus you could keep watch on it as you moved through the line, which was just as fun as petting it and meeting former Bucakaroo Tom McVie. Which explains this: 

The unanimous fan favorite: The prize for best family photo goes to a Bruins fan who put his little baby (who was wearing his own little Bruins jersey) in the bowl. Unanimous applause from the crowd followed.  Even I wanted to buy something warm and fuzzy. On the other hand;

Maybe meeting the Cup is a just a little too much for some: The mother of one of the littlest and cutest Winterhawks fans tried the same thing (I believe they are the family of a Winterhawks employee). We thought it was particularly genius when the wee one held her arms up in what appeared to be an instinctive victory pose, but alas it was just a tad too much and she started crying. Also, I’m not a parent, but aparently the arms up in the air are baby sign language for “get me outta this thing asap.”

Yes we got to pet it: But I spent more time in line that I did touching it. I was in and out of there in less than a minute. But that’s ok. I came, I saw, I touched. My life is complete.

Think NHL, act locally: Among the sea of jerseys in the crowd was a signed Nash jersey.  If it weren’t for having to go back to work, I would have proudly worn my Ryan Johansen #36 jersey.  Totally sidebar, but if the Blue Jackets want to bolster hockey related revenue this season, may I suggest they add fuzzy slippers to their swag collection. How am I supposed to kick back on my couch whilst wearing said jersey to watch Ryan’s NHL debut if I don’t have the appropriate matching footwear? It’s a must.

You just gotta do the little things:  It was gone in a flash, but the Hawks did have a nice lady who held my purse for me.  And they had plently of staff to keep the line crashers who tried to drift in from the edges from cutting into the line. Good thing, too, because if someone had stepped in front of me, you might have been reading a very different headline right about now. All in all, kudos to Tom McVie for being a class act and to the Portland Winterhawks for putting on a stellar event.

The other shiny thing to watch: Winterhawks defenseman Derrick Pouliot was an integral part of Team Canada’s Gold Medal Win at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament. He is currently at the NHL’s RDO camp with his fellow future prospects. The player to watch this year. Look for more starting next week when the Hawks are back in town for training camp. Ditto for local fan favorite Brendan Leipsic and my personal faves, Taylor Peters and Riley Boychuk.

Last chance to dance: Those who missed the lunchtime festivities downtown still have a chance to drop by Sinnott’s Li’l Cooperstown Pub in Northeast Portland from 5:30-7:30 p.m to see it. You can also pop by Mt. View Ice Arena in Vancouver from 3:30 to 5 for viewing, petting, etc.

Audience participation: Obviously, we know where I’ll be tonight.  Suggestions for the best adult beverage with which to toast the big day are appreciated.

P.S: Photos will follow.  Technology is not my thing - but I did manage to text a photo to a friend from my phone, so there is hope.


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Welcome to Above the Glass, a definitive anti-expert’s guide to hockey. I started blogging in 2009 as part of an effort to learn all 87 rules in the NHL Rulebook in 107 days before the 2010 Olympics, 30 years after I discovered the sport. You can peruse the archival results here. Growing up in Arizona, I didn’t even know hockey existed until February 22, 1980, when the USA played Russia in the Olympics. And just like that, the game of the century changed my life. I still don’t quite understand the icing rule or which faceoff circle goes with what offense, but I do know that every aspect of hockey has something to teach us about life. That’s what you’ll find here, along with my unadulterated passion for the game.

I live in Portland, Oregon, home of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks. I invite anyone who wants to know more about hockey in the Rose City to visit here, where I blog exclusively about the Winterhawks. I’ll post an occasional musing about the Hawks, the WHL and junior hockey here as well.

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