Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 08

Charlie Sheen a.k.a. "Charlie" and Angus T. Jones a.k.a. "Jake" of the hit T.V. series 'Two And a Half Men' peak into the bowl of the Stanley Cup. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)
Just prior to the Red Wings Stanley Cup victory on June 4, the Stanley Cup visited the sets of some of TV's finest current shows.

First, it was a trip to meet the cast and crew of 'Two And a Half Men'. The Emmy Award-winning sitcom, which debuted in September 2003, revolves around a carefree jingle-writing bachelor named Charlie Harper who has his life (and lifestyle) interrupted by his newly-separated chiropractor brother, Alan, and Alan's son Jake. Charlie is played by Charlie Sheen, while Jon Cryer portrays Alan and Angus T. Jones is Jake.

When the Stanley Cup arrived, it was placed on the set's grand piano, and immediately, the cast swarmed around to examine it. Charlie Sheen admitted to being more of a baseball fan than hockey, but was fascinated by the Cup. His brother, Ramon Estevez, who was visiting the set, showed even greater interest.

By way of explanation, father Martin Sheen was born Ramon Estevez, and has four children, Ramon Jr., Charlie, Emilio and daughter Renee. Charlie chose to use his father's stage name while the other three siblings, all actors, kept their birth surname. We're not certain why Emilio wasn't on the set with his brothers - perhaps because this year, the Cup wasn't won by the Mighty Ducks.

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Hugh Laurie of "House" poses with the Stanley Cup. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)
Next up for the Cup was a 'House' call (if you'll excuse the pun). Although Hugh Laurie, who is the outstanding actor who portrays Gregory House, the head of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine, enjoyed the Stanley Cup's visit (after all, both were born in England), it was the Canadian-born creator of 'House' who was particularly giddy about having the Stanley Cup on the set. David Shore, who was born in London, Ontario, grew up a fan of hockey before involving himself in writing for 'NYPD Blue' and 'Family Law'. He also produced several episodes of 'Due South'.

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The Emmy Award-winning drama 'ER' was the next stop on the Stanley Cup's itinerary. The show, set mostly in the emergency room of a Chicago hospital, stars two actors who, in real life, happen to love hockey. John Stamos was introduced to hockey by his friend Dave Coulier while the two were starring in 'Full House'. Coulier, born in Detroit, lives and breathes the game, and plays it very well, and through his enthusiasm, Stamos, who graduated from Uncle Jesse to 'ER's' Tony Gates, picked up interest in the game.

I hope the Cup was sanitized. "ER's" Scott Grimes locks his lips on the Stanley Cup. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)
But it was Scott Christopher Grimes who was most enthusiastic when the Stanley Cup was carried in, and immediately put everything on hold so he could run over and touch hockey's most-prized trophy. Grimes plays Dr. Archie Morris on 'ER', but among the various roles on his lengthy acting resume is that of Brian 'Birdie' Burns in the 1999 hockey film, 'Mystery Alaska'. Scott ran his fingers over the Cup, pointing out the names of many of hockey's greatest stars.

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The final television set visited was 'The Big Bang Theory', a sitcom that premiered in September 2007. The series revolves around two socially inept twenty-year-olds who live across the hall from a wonderful, grounded girl. Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny, was on the set with Jim Parsons (who plays Sheldon Cooper) and Johnny Galecki, who portrays Leonard Hofstadter. Galecki will be remembered as David Healy, the boyfriend (and later, husband), of Darlene Conner on the wildly popular sitcom, 'Roseanne'. By the way, although they were not on the set, the theme song for 'The Big Bang Theory' is performed by the Barenaked Ladies, who perform the national anthems regularly at hockey games. When schedules allow, the band's Tyler Stewart and Ed Robertson like to get out and play some shinny.

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The a Grammy-winning Canadian big band singer Michael Buble picks up where Scott Grimes left off and delivers. (Mike Bolt/HHOF)
There is nothing as fun as to watch a non-harmful prank unfold, and such an event took place in Santa Barbara, California on May 15.

Michael Buble, the engaging musical performer, is touring in support of his third release, 'Call Me Irresponsible', and was told that just prior to his engagement in Santa Barbara, he would be receiving an award for CD sales in Germany. As his fourteen-piece band prepared for the concert, Michael made a few last minute adjustments to his hair and his tie in anticipation of both the concert and the award. Just fifteen minutes before he was to confidently walk out on stage and welcome his fans, the Stanley Cup was carried into Buble's dressing room.

"Holy cow!" he bellowed, incredulous that hockey's Holy Grail was sitting in his midst. Michael swung around and glared in mock anger at his band. "Were you guys all in on this?!?" He laughed, and couldn't keep his hands off the Stanley Cup.

You see, the incredibly popular (and successful!) artist loves hockey. "In my dreams, I wanted to be drafted by the Vancouver Canucks," he admits, adding, "The truth is that I sucked. If I was any good at hockey, I wouldn't be singing right now."

Michael's love of hockey runs so deep that he has been known to sing the words to 'Stompin' Tom's' 'The Hockey Song' over the introduction of 'Fever', much to the amusement of his fans. In fact, the Vancouver native's backstage pass for the 'Call Me Irresponsible' Tour shows a young Michael Buble in his hockey uniform.

Unfortunately, the visit with the Stanley Cup was brief because it was showtime. It was the first of two sold-out nights at the Santa Barbara Bowl, and as the fog rolled in, Michael gave the Cup a kiss and bounded out onto the stage. Santa Barbara holds special significance to Buble, who, prior to achieving stardom, opened for Chris Isaak and the first stop on that tour was at the Bowl in Santa Barbara.

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On Tuesday, get right back here because the Stanley Cup Journal will revisit the Stanley Cup's trip to the NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa.

Kevin Shea is the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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