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For the past 14 years, Tim Ryan has been the President/Chief Executive Officer of Anaheim Arena Management. In June 2005, when Disney sold the franchise to Henry and Susan Samueli, Tim added the role of Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of the Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club. On Thursday, September 6, Tim added an even more prestigious role — host of the Stanley Cup.

That morning, Tim Ryan and his wife Michele took hockey's magnificent prize to the Sugar Shack Café in Huntington Beach, California for breakfast with friends. It prompted some pretty serious tabletop conversations, to be sure!

Michele enjoys all things equestrian and owns her own horse, which was fortunate to be able to eat its oats out of the Stanley Cup. Then, Tim took the Stanley Cup over to the Tiger Woods Learning Centre. Tim sits on the board of the Anaheim-based institute that encourages students to ponder the role that education plays in their futures, and teaches them how to relate what they learn in school to their future careers. Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Todd Marchant and Chris Pronger joined the Ryans in taking the Cup to the kids.

Michael Schulman, Chief Executive Officer of the Anaheim Ducks and the Stanley Cup at Laguna Beach
Tim Ryan, President/Chief Executive Officer of Anaheim Arena Management (far right) and his wife Michele join with friends over breakfast with Lord Stanley's Cup. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)
Afterwards, the Stanley Cup was taken to another school, then it was back to the family's beach house for a celebration party. Among the invited guests were members of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. While enjoying the party, guests took advantage of taking pictures of the Stanley Cup framed in the awe-inspiring sunset that washed over the beachfront.

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Michael Schulman hosted the Stanley Cup in Laguna Beach on September 7, a Friday. Schulman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Anaheim Ducks and Chairman of the Board of Anaheim Arena Management.

First things first, Michael took the Stanley Cup to the Ducks' golf tournament. The gorgeous trophy sat in the area of the driving range in order to allow folks to have pictures taken. Brian Burke doesn't golf, so they later took the Cup over to his favourite watering hole.

Tim Ryan, President/Chief Executive Officer of Anaheim Arena Management and his wife Michele join friends over breakfast with the Stanley Cup
Michael Schulman, Chief Executive Officer of the Anaheim Ducks and the Stanley Cup bask in the sun while guarding Laguna Beach. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)
A limo bus then took Schulman and the Stanley Cup to the Shady Canyon Golf Course, where members, including Major League Baseball slugger Mark McGwire admired hockey's highest award. After stopping there, the Stanley Cup made its way to the highschool attended by one of the Schulman children. Then, it was on to a beach near their home, so that the neighbourhood kids could see the Stanley Cup. While there, the Cup had its picture taken on the volleyball court, on the lifeguard's station and dude, it was totally sick when a picture was taken on a surfboard. Gnarly!

The party that evening was spectacular, with every detail perfectly executed by a party planner who oversaw the event. The house was decorated tastefully in a hockey theme, the food was divine, including beef tenderloin and a pasta bar, and the martinis were chilled by being poured through a Stanley Cup constructed out of ice. Magnificent! A terrific band entertained the invited guests late into the night.

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Next up is a celebration with the owners of the Anaheim Ducks - Henry and Susan Samueli. You'll read all about their two day-celebration when you join us here on Tuesday, for the Stanley Cup Journal.

Kevin Shea is a contributor to 'Travels With Stanley' a historical and geographical travelogue with hockey's greatest trophy.

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