N.S. town scores another visit from the Stanley Cup thanks to local connection

ANTIGONISH, N.S. – The Stanley Cup is making another visit to the Nova Scotia town of Antigonish.

The trophy will travel with Antigonish native Al MacIsaac, the Chicago Blackhawks’ senior director of hockey administration and assistant to the president.

Chicago won the NHL title Wednesday night by edging Philadelphia 4-3 in overtime in Game 6 of the final.

MacIsaac says Chicago greats Bobby Hull and Stan Makita—two members of the Blackhawks’ last Stanley Cup winning team in 1961—and all-star goalie Tony Esposito met with the players during their playoff run.

MacIsaac says they talked about how difficult it is to win it all, and that wealth of knowledge was inspirational to the team.

“Bobby Hull himself has so much to offer in terms of the wealth of championships he won, not only in the NHL but the WHA,” says MacIsaac.

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Nonetheless, he says it’s still hard to believe the Hawks wound up on top this year.

“Our guys, still being one of the youngest—if not the youngest—team in the NHL, even though we won the Stanley Cup, it’s difficult to fathom that this young group were able to take it from such a great regular season to getting past four other teams. It’s quite an accomplishment.”

Details of the cup’s visit to Antigonish will be announced later.

Two years ago, Detroit assistant coach and Antigonish native Paul MacLean brought the cup to the town after the Red Wings won the NHL title.