Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals 2004: 36
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Although the mayor was out of town, Brad Lukowich visited Cranbrook City Hall to show the Stanley Cup to the councillors.
In 1995, Scott Niedermayer of the New Jersey Devils took the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Cranbrook, British Columbia.

In 1996, Jon Klemm of the Colorado Avalanche took the Stanley Cup home to Cranbrook.

In 1997, Cranbrook-born Steve Yzerman captained Detroit to a Stanley Cup win.

In 1998, Yzerman again led the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup championship.

In 1999, Brad Lukowich of the Dallas Stars took the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Cranbrook.

In 2000, the Devils' Scott Niedermayer returned home for a second time with the Stanley Cup.

In 2001, Jon Klemm returned to Cranbrook for his second time with the Stanley Cup.

In 2002, Cranbrook's Stevie Yzerman of the Wings again was part of a Stanley Cup championship.

In 2003, New Jersey's Scott Niedermayer arrived in Cranbrook with the Stanley Cup for a third time.

And on August 20, 2004, Cranbrook got a visit from the Stanley Cup once again — this time courtesy of Brad Lukowich of the champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

For a city of 18,476, Cranbrook has enjoyed an inordinate number of visits from Lord Stanley's hockey legacy. But it's funny…no one in the town ever grows tired of seeing the beautiful, silver Holy Grail of hockey.

After arriving from Edmonton, the Stanley Cup was met by Tampa's Number 37, who had celebrated his 28th birthday the previous week. After winning the Cup with the Stars in 1999, Brad had the Stanley Cup and his Number 37 tattooed on his ankle. No one dared asked whether Brad might go for the other ankle this summer.

Lukowich made a quick stop at the local A&W, although did not drink root beer out of the Stanley Cup. Then, it was a visit to City Hall to meet with the city council. Unfortunately, Mayor Ross

Brad , Cara and Michaela Ann are having a cottage built on beautiful Moyie Lake. In the meantime, the young family is staying in a trailer on the scenic property.
Priest was away, but the councillors enjoyed seeing native son Lukowich return again with the hockey trophy. Brad then walked the Cup over to the Royal Canadian Mountain Police headquarters to show the gang over there. After leaving the RCMP, Brad dropped in on his buddy, Dave Mallard, who has been facing some health challenges.

Lukowich, his wife Cara and baby Michaela Ann drove with the Stanley Cup over to nearby Moyie Lake. The beautiful area, twelve miles south of Cranbrook, is where Brad and Cara have purchased property and are in the midst of building a cottage. In the meantime, the Lukowiches are living in a lovely trailer on the scenic and historic lake.

Lukowich co-owns an Irish pub called Finnegan's Wake. Split Tract was performing the evening that Brad brought in the Stanley Cup.
Brad then took the Stanley Cup to the Cranbrook Rec Plex, home of the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League. Brad had pre-signed 1,000 photos, and every one was taken as he stood and had his photo taken for the crowd assembled to see the Stanley Cup and its latest local hero. Brad also conducted a raffle on the ice. Prior to a four-on-four Kootenay alumni game, Lukowich took the Stanley Cup for a lap around the ice on a Polaris four-wheeler.

After exiting the arena, it was off to Finnegan's Wake, an Irish pub Brad co-owns with a friend. The bar has a decided hockey-leaning (and rightfully so!), with jerseys hanging on the wall from Lukowich as well as Scott and Rob Niedermayer. Split Tract, a kickin' rock band, was up on stage performing and Brad got up and sang with the local group. While Brad was on the stage, he looked out and saw some guys walk into his club. "Oh my God," he blurted. "It's Three Days Grace!" The band, who had a hit with the smash, "Just Like You," wasn't expected at the party.

Lukowich was dumbfounded to realize that Three Days Grace drove up to see the Stanley Cup. Guitarists Brad and Barry flank the Lightning's Brad Lukowich.
In fact, after leaving San Jose for Portland, Three Days Grace heard that the Stanley Cup was going to be in Cranbrook on the 20th, so drove nine hours out of their way in order to see the Cup and join the celebration. Lukowich took the Stanley Cup out onto the band's bus and hung out with the guys. Adam and Barry from Three Days Grace sport Mohawks, and Lukowich had one earlier too, but his father, former NHLer Bernie Lukowich, was so angry that he wouldn't talk to his son for a period of time.

The party moved to a banquet room at the Best Western hotel and carried on until four in the morning. "Dude, we gotta go," said the guys from Three Days Grace. "I know, I should too," replied Lukowich.

Wednesday, we double up and report on the Stanley Cup's visit to Edmonton, courtesy of Darryl Sydor and Chris Dingman, as we chronicle the travels of the Cup through the summer of 2004 in Stanley Cup Journal.

Kevin Shea is Manager of Special Projects at the Hockey Hall of Fame, and author of the upcoming biography on tragic Maple Leafs hero, Bill Barilko, to be released October 2004.

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