Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals 2004: 41
The Stanley Cup Journal

The clash of the titans occurred in Tampa when 6'3" Lightning defenceman Nolan Pratt (right) met with 6'5" quarterback Brad Johnson (left) and 6'5" Joe Jurevicius (centre) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Nolan Pratt, the big Lightning defenceman, happened to be the final player on the Tampa Bay roster to spend his day with the Stanley Cup, and Nolan returned to the place where it all started back with the Cup celebration on Monday, June 7 — Tampa, Florida.

Pratt practiced putting at the Tournament Players Club of Tampa Bay, with the assistance of a special caddy.
The Cup returned to Tampa at 1:30 on Sunday, August 29, and the Pratt celebration began with an afternoon barbecue at Nolan's home. There, to help celebrate, were his Mom, Dad, brother, daughter Ella Brooke and his buddies. The barbecue lasted until 8PM, when Nolan took the Cup across the street to the home of his friends, Charlotte and Chuck, who threw a neighbourhood party in Nolan's honour. The Stanley Cup was placed on the patio deck to be admired by the invitees, who just happened to include Tampa Bay Buccaneer quarterback Brad Johnson, who lives next door, and wide receiver Joe Jurevicius. The boys brought the Vince Lombardi Trophy the Buccaneers won in 2003 when they beat the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. Football's greatest trophy beautifully bookended hockey's highest honour at the Nolan Pratt party. The partiers hung out through the evening, examining the Stanley Cup and throwing hockey trivia questions at each other.

A native of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Nolan Pratt spent his day with the Stanley Cup in Tampa, visiting St. Joseph's Hospital and some of his newly-made friends.
At 7:30 on Monday morning, the boys teed off at the Tournament Players Club of Tampa Bay. Club pro Justin Holland took great care of the duffers at the beautiful Lutz, Florida club that opened in 1991. It was only at noon when lightning threatened (how symbolic!) that the golfers abandoned their game and returned to the Pratt home.

The sunset at Pier 60 was sensational, and Nolan Pratt took advantage to pose with the Stanley Cup in the magnificent glow of a Tampa evening.
Between two and four o'clock, the Stanley Cup joined Nolan at St. Joseph's Hospital, visiting the patients, their visitors and staff. Then, a ten-person limousine took the entourage and Cup to Clearwater for photographs of a magnificent sunset followed by a brilliant dinner. The horizon was more beautiful than ever as the limo pulled up at Pier 60. Standing on the beach with the Stanley Cup, Pratt experienced zeniths in both hockey and nature in one fell swoop. Then, it was off to dinner at the Island Way Grill nearby in Clearwater. Incredible! Executive chef Shawn Squires was entered in a culinary competition, so he was doing some experimenting with the Pratt party, preparing Macadamia Nut-Crusted Mahi Mahi and Hawaiian Kona Rack of Lamb among so many other sumptuous dishes. Imed, the server for Nolan and his guests, couldn't have been better. Nolan Pratt ate chowder out of Lord Stanley's soup bowl. After a special cake commemorating the Lightning's extraordinary accomplishment, Nolan, his friends and family returned to his home for the remainder of the evening.

Monday, Stanley Cup Journal would like to introduce you to the Hockey Hall of Fame staffers who accompany the Stanley Cup at all times. We'll wait for you right here.

Kevin Shea is the Manager of Special Projects and Publishing at the Hockey Hall of Fame. His fourth book, 'Barilko — Without A Trace,' will be published in October by H.B. Fenn.

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