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by George Malik on 09/21/12 at 01:48 AM ET
According to the Los Angeles Times' Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Kings executive Luc Robitaille had a very emotional day with the Stanley Cup in Norbertville, Quebec on Wednesday, having chosen to bring it to his hometown as his mother battles liver cancer:
Madeleine Robitaille could have requested anything from her Hockey Hall of Fame son Luc and he would have moved mountains to give it to her, but that isn't her way. She and her husband, Claude, worked hard for all they had as they raised three kids in Montreal, Madeleine unfailingly elegant from her well-coiffed head to her stylish feet.
"We always joke that everything she wears matches," said Luc, the Kings' president of business operations and dutiful son who calls his parents at least three times a week.
It was during one of those calls, on the day the Kings were poised to sweep the St. Louis Blues in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, that she startled him. "She's never asked me for anything, my mom," he said. "She said, 'Hey, if you win the Cup, can you take it home this time?' It was very matter-of-fact. I was like yeah, sure. I hung up the phone thinking, 'We're going to win the Stanley Cup.'"After a moment's reflection, his thoughts went deeper. "When someone who has never asked you to do something asks you, it means something," he said.
Madeleine has liver cancer and her pain is being eased by morphine while she awaits an experimental treatment program. She still looks chic but she tires easily and some days are better than others. "She's got a cancer," Claude Robitaille said. "And she asked Luc. She figures it's the last time she'll see it."
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