Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals 2004: 17
The Stanley Cup Journal

Assistant equipment manager Dana Heinze brought the Stanley Cup to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the town where 'Slapshot' was filmed.
If you've ever watched the classic hockey film 'Slapshot,' you know that there is no possibility that the Chiefs ever were going to entertain a celebration with the Stanley Cup. But, in fact, through the generosity of Assistant Equipment Manager Dana Heinze, the home of the Chiefs welcomed hockey's highest honour on Friday, July 9.

Dana has been with the Tampa Bay Lightning for four years. He was a couple of years too early for a Stanley Cup victory when he was with the New Jersey Devils in 1992-93, but enjoyed every second of his time with the Stanley Cup. Heinze took the opportunity to bring the Stanley Cup home to Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Dana, his wife Kathy, his Mom Judy, Dad Lou and brother Eric, took the Cup to the Cambria County War Memorial — the home of the Johnstown Chiefs of the East Coast Hockey League and the site used to shoot the movie 'Slapshot.' Dana was head trainer for the ECHL Chiefs for eight years, but the arena has further significance to the Heinze family. Lou Heinze earned thirty five cents per hour helping build the arena in 1950.

GM Jay Feaster, his family and the Stanley Cup rode in a parade that honoured the Stanley Cup victory.
Three thousand area residents trooped through the arena to view the Stanley Cup. The area was devastated in 1889 by the Johnstown Flood, and another struck the town in 1977. "It's about time something good happened in this community," smiled one man while waiting in line.

Dana then took the Stanley Cup to the home in which he grew up, and cradled the Cup in his old bedroom, still decorated in Grateful Dead posters the way he left it so many years prior. Selected friends and some family members spent the afternoon with the Stanley Cup at the Heinze home. Then, it was off for dinner. A reservation had been made at Rizzo's in nearby Windber, Pennsylvania. After a great meal and the chance to show the Cup to diners, Dana took the trophy back to his parents' home, where two hundred or so guests celebrated with the glorious trophy. In fact, the party was incredible — they ran out of beer late into the night and at 4:45AM when the Cup had to move along, there were still a number of Heinze's family and friends up partying with Dana's deserved reward.

Team president Ron Campbell brings an extra visitor to raise the spirits of good friend Jim Farhart at Bloomfield Hills' Beaumont Hospital.
The Stanley Cup arrived in Williamstown, Pennsylvania at 8:15 Saturday, July 10; the day isolated for Jay Feaster, the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Lightning. Jay handed out special t-shirts to those who gathered at his grandmother's home when the Stanley Cup arrived, so there were a dozen or so wearing shirts that read 'JAY'S DAY WITH THE CUP.'

Feaster then took the Cup to American Legion Post 239. It was a special day, as the Pennsylvania Army National Guard 131st Transportation Company were returning from Iraq, and were being toasted by the community. To their wild amazement, they not only returned to a great brunch and a warm welcome home from their community, but by the highest honour available to the hockey community as well.

After the line-ups to get photos with the Stanley Cup had subsided and Jay's arm ached from signing autographs, Feaster made an emotional speech to those gathered. "There is nothing better than coming home, so there was no question where I wanted to spend my day with the Cup," Jay started.

Feaster spoke about his love for the game and reminded everyone where that passion had begun. As tears streamed down his cheeks and with his father seated nearby, Jay spoke about attending Hershey Bears' games together with his Dad during Jay's childhood. It was a touching moment; one not to be forgotten soon by anyone in attendance.

The Stanley Cup flew in a private jet from Pontiac to Traverse City, Michigan along with Ron Campbell
and his friends.
A parade followed the stop at the legion, with Jay Feaster and his family holding the Stanley Cup while riding atop a vehicle. Following behind were antique cars and marching bands, looping through the town. The community embraced one of their own warmly. "Hey Jay," someone would call out from the curb, and Jay would spin around and break into a smile. "Bobby," he'd shout out. "How's the family?" Others ran up to Jay in order to shake his hand. "Congratulations Jay, we're all so proud of you and what you've accomplished!" The scene along the parade route was like a snapshot taken several decades ago; a slice of 1950s hometown Americana. Neighbours sat on their lawn chairs in front yards, waving American flags as the parade sauntered by.

Feaster and the Stanley Cup then drove to Hershey, Pennsylvania and held a small reception for season ticketholders of the American Hockey League Hershey Bears. Jay began his career in earnest with Hershey when he was named general manager of the Bears in 1990, so the town and team hold a special spot close to Feaster's heart.

The day ended with the Feaster family hosting a small Stanley Cup party in a hospitality suite, with a few family members and friends getting the special invitation.

Ron Campbell is the President of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and on Sunday, July 11, he took the Stanley Cup to the Detroit area to celebrate the franchise's extraordinary victory.

The day began at 9AM in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with Ron, his wife Mary Jane and children Andrea, Holly and RJ enjoying the Stanley Cup with friends. Then, it was off to Beaumont Hospital where Ron shared the trophy with a delighted golfing buddy, Jim Farhart. Campbell then took the Stanley Cup to Pine Lake Golf Club where Holly was celebrating her graduation.

Larry Bernard's son enjoys a BIG
bowl of ice cream.
A private jet then transported the Campbells with the Stanley Cup from Pontiac Airport to Traverse City. A boat then ferried the celebrants across the bay to Northport, a community virtually untouched by time that sits near the tip of the peninsula. The Campbells have enjoyed many a summer in the arms of the charming town. There, the Cup was carried into Woody's, where both Ron Campbell and the trophy were cheered heartily by the locals. Three hours later, it was back to Bloomfield Hills by way of boat, plane and automobile.

Monday, July 12 was split between two Tampa Bay scouts — Larry Bernard, the Ontario Hockey League scout, and Angelo Bumbacco, a birddog up in Sault Ste. Marie.

Larry Bernard, wife Tami and kids Kyle and Taylor took the Stanley Cup to Flint, Michigan. Just like Larry, the Cup's first stop of the day was at Tim Horton's for coffee with the smiling staff, then off to his home where the children ate ice cream out of the bowl of the 111-year old trophy. The final stop was at the Swartz Creek Golf Club so Larry could celebrate with his golfing pals.

That afternoon, Angelo Bumbacco welcomed the Stanley Cup to the Soo. Bumbacco, who was with the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL when he convinced a pimply-faced Wayne Gretzky that although the Number 9 was taken, Number 99 wouldn't be so bad, hosted a private party at a local hotel at 5:00 that afternoon, with guests including Dallas Stars netminder Marty Turco and Jeff Carter of the Soo Greyhounds. Then, Angelo presented the Stanley Cup to the residents of Sault Ste. Marie, both Ontario and Michigan, from 6 until 11PM. A massive line-up waited for an opportunity to view the Cup and get a photo with it. More than 2,500 filed past, but there were still a number who were turned away when the Stanley Cup had to be packed away once again for its next adventure.

Come on back Monday and we'll tell you how Dan Boyle celebrated on his day as part of our Stanley Cup Journal.

Kevin Shea is the Manager of Special Projects and Publishing at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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