BASN’S POPSICLE BROS REPORT #5 – THE DALEY NEWS – PENS WINS STANLEY CUP

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Updated: June 15, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

The Daley News – PENS Win Stanley Cup

By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief

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PHILADELPHIA (BASN) The Pittsburgh Penguins are this year’s Stanley Cup winners; but the better story (and this coming from a Flyers’ fan no less) was the degree of deportment shown by Conn Smythe trophy winner Sidney Crosby.

 

Crosby made sure the first person he passed the Stanley Cup to was Goal Brother Trevor Daley, their second line defenseman, who became an integral part of the Pens’ stretch drive for the post-season. Daley, who broke his ankle after the series with the Tampa Bay Lightning, had mentioned that his mother Trudy was struggling with cancer, and wanted to see Daley hold up the Cup one day.

 

Daley, a trade deadline pickup from Chicago after spending over 800 games with the Dallas Stars as their first line defenseman, jump started the Penguins back line with his speed and feel for the game. He was immediately inserted into the teams’ second pairing as the Pens’ rolled into the playoffs, scoring six goals and 16 assists prior to the postseason.

 

For Daley, it was a sweet ending considering all he had endured from his incident with Sault Saint Marie head coach/general manager John Vanbiesbrouck, who called him a Nigger after a loss to their Ontario Hockey League arch-rival Guelph Griffins during the 2002 -2003 season. Vanbiesbrouck would relinquish his ownership in the club after admitting the deed amidst mounting pressure from no less a persona than Bobby Orr, who was Daley’s agent.

 

For the National Hockey League it concluded a significant Final Four when each team in the grouping had a Goal Brother providing a key component to the team’s overall success. Kudos to Joel Ward of the San Jose Sharks, who brought them past bridesmaid status and helped them elevate their game. Thornton, Pavelski, Couture et al may finally have their mojo together to be a big fish in the Western Conference pond…

 

But back to the winners. Pittsburgh outskated San Jose after a 1-1 tie and clearly had the upper hand right until the open net goal with time winding down.

 

In an equally classy move, Daley then passed the Cup to teammate Pasqual Dupuis, whose career was cut short by blood clots in the leg.

 

TRAVOR DALEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daley now joins the ranks of Goal Brothers Grant Fuhr, Eldon ‘Pokey’ Reddick, Dustin Byfuglien and Johnny Oduya as Goal Brothers who have sipped from Lord Stanley’s Cup.

 

So to the Penguins fans, congratulations – we’ll kick your ass next year.

 

always outnumbered – never outgunned.

 

michaelingram@blackathlete.com

 

Copyright (c) Michael – Louis Ingram PBros 2016 all rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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