Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/30/12 at 10:03 AM ET
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
At this stage, the inner child comes out in nearly every hockey player and coach.
New Jersey Devils icon Martin Brodeur sounded like an excited teenager, not a seen-it-all 40-year-old goaltender Tuesday at media day for the Stanley Cup Final before their series against the Kings. You might have thought it was his first Final, not his fifth.
Less than an hour later, Kings captain Dustin Brown occupied a spot not far from where Brodeur had been seated. The baby-faced Brown — a father of three sons, no less — reached back into his early childhood when asked whether he had ever envisioned being handed the Stanley Cup by the commissioner.
“Have I thought about that? Yeah, I’ve thought about that since I was 4 years old,” Brown said.
That would have been 1988, so long ago that there was no commissioner of the NHL (Its leader was President John Ziegler Jr.). Also in 1988, the Edmonton Oilers won their fourth Stanley Cup in five years, led by future Kings star Wayne Gretzky.
And so, the boys of winter landed in New Jersey, becoming men of spring. A muggy spring at that.
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