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by Paul on 11/19/09 at 11:38 AM ET
from Larry Wigge at the Sporting News,
It’s a warm and humid Saturday afternoon in early August 1997 in Toronto. The sky is cloudy. Weathermen are talking about the possibility of thunderstorms. But for Brendan Shanahan, it is the most peaceful time he has spent in months.
The fun-loving Red Wings left winger has relived the team’s first Stanley Cup since 1955 every day in some way since Detroit swept Philadelphia on June 7 that year. Each player gets to spend time with the Cup—and the loquacious Shanahan celebrates the championship with friends and acquaintances, raising it above his head in front of hundreds of people.
But that’s just window dressing. Shanahan saves a special time for himself, the Cup and his father, Donal, who died of Alzheimer’s disease in 1990. After arriving at his father’s grave Aug. 9, Shanahan chokes on his words, he’s so overcome with emotion:
“Dad, look what I’ve got.”
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