Stanley Cup Day 2

This morning, the Stanley Cup will get on a plane bound for Calgary, but it had quite a 48 hours in Grand Forks.

Kings defenseman Matt Greene and scout Tony Gasparini brought the Cup to town and gave it a good tour.

Destinations include the Manvel Legion, the GF Country Club, Judy’s Tavern, Red Pepper, CanadInn, Darcy’s Cafe, the Altru Family Medicine Center and Tavern United. The Herald had quite a bit of coverage on the events. Here’s a list:

Main story with quotes from a few people. “I think anybody who has been in town for at least one night has gone to the Red Pepper at 2 in the morning,” Greene said.

Sidebar story on Gasparini, who did not get his name on the Cup the first time the Kings won it, but will this time. He is believed to be the first native North Dakotan to have his name engraved on the Cup.

Our news department wrote a story on the public event for the fans. The Ralph said more fans showed up than they expected and estimated it between 5,000 and 6,000 people.

From the start, REA officials moved the line as fast as possible, but they weren’t going to be able to filter 5,000-plus in a three-hour span. So, at 2:25 p.m., they no longer allowed fans to take pictures with the Cup, but allowed them to see the Cup and take photos of it. Everyone got to do that.

Greene and Gasparini both seemed to enjoy their time with the Cup, and most of all, being able to share it with their friends and family during the 48 hours.

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Matt Greene hoists the Cup at center ice in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

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Matt Greene stands with the Stanley Cup below Ralph Engelstad Arena’s mural of Greene hoisting the Cup.

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Grand Forks’ most famous sports fans, Mark Kauk and Terry “Gretzky” Hajicek, pose with the sports world’s most famous trophy.

The line zig-zags in the lobby of Ralph Engelstad Arena as fans wait to see the Stanley Cup.

The line extends outside, curls around the Sitting Bull statue and extends all the way to Jimmy Johns.

Stanley Cup hits North Dakota

Matt Greene and the Stanley Cup had a rather busy day Monday.

It started the day in Grand Ledge, Mich., and took a private jet to North Dakota. It made a quick stop at the Fargo Jet Center (whose president and co-founder is a Ralph Engelstad Arena season ticket holder and big UND fan). Then, it flew up to Grand Forks.

The first stop after landing in town? Manvel.

Read more about that trip, including why he brought it to Manvel, in this story.

After a couple hours in Manvel — where they had Red Pepper grinders and tostadas catered — the Cup made its way to the Grand Forks Country Club, where Greene had a private party. He let friends take photos with the Cup there.

At about 10:45 p.m., the Cup made its much-anticipated trip to Judy’s Tavern, where it became so packed that bouncers had to stop letting people in the door. The Cup stayed at Judy’s past midnight.

Today, it will make its way to Ralph Engelstad Arena, where fans can take photos with it from noon to 3 p.m.

After that, it’s off to Tony Gasparini, the former GF Central goalie, who will get his name on the Cup as a scout. Although he was with the Kings in 2012, he did not get his name on it that time.

Tweet your photos to @gfherald or @schlossmangf today and they may end up on the paper or in the blog.


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Greene starts the day in Michigan

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The Cup awaits to board the private jet in Michigan.

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The Cup makes a quick stop at the Fargo Jet Center to visit UND fans.

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The Cup arrives in Grand Forks.

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Matt Greene and the Cup hang out at the American Legion in Manvel.

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I photobomb as Greene takes a picture with friends.

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Greene takes the Cup out of Manvel and back on to the bus.

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Greene posts for a picture with the UND coaching staff — Dave Hakstol, Brad Berry, trainer Mark Poolman and Dane Jackson (left to right) on the bus.

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Sunset with the Cup at the country club.

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The Cup arrives at Judy’s.

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Greene with the Cup in a tent just outside of Judy’s.

Cup’s showing announced

The Stanley Cup will be displayed in the main lobby at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Aug. 12, a week from today, the school announced.

Matt Greene, who won the prized trophy with the Los Angeles Kings this summer, is bringing the Cup to his old school. Each player on a Stanley Cup-winning team gets the trophy for a day.

The Cup will be in the lobby from noon to 3 p.m. Fans will have an opportunity to take their picture with the Cup, and they will receive a free commemorative flyer. The TV screens in the lobby will play Matt Greene highlights.

The Stanley Cup last made a trip to Ralph Engelstad Arena in 2006, when Mike Commodore returned to campus with it.

Stanley Cup visit date: Aug. 12

I’ve received a lot of questions in the last week about Matt Greene’s visit to Grand Forks with the Stanley Cup.

As of now, I know that he will have it here on Aug. 12 (I actually think it’s arriving on Aug. 11, but the 12th will be the day to mark on your calendar. That’s when it is expected to be out and about.)

Specific times and details will be announced later this week. But if you wanted to get the day off of work or make plans to come to Grand Forks, mark down the 12th.

Greenes get to watch this Cup run

Former UND captain Matt Greene won his first Stanley Cup two years ago.

His parents didn’t get to watch a single game.

Jim and Darcy Greene were on a research trip to Benin, a small country in West Africa. They would go to an Internet Cafe and try to get the Kings’ website to load just to see game scores. They were en route back to America during the clinching Game 6.

This time, they got to watch.

The Kings flew families of players to Madison Square Garden for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, then flew them back to Los Angeles for Game 5. So, Greene’s family was able to join him on the ice to celebrate after the Kings clinched the title with a double overtime goal in Game 5.

“It was a lot better this way,” Jim said with a laugh.

Greene hammering out Cup plans

Matt Greene is working on plans for his day with the Stanley Cup.

That day will happen in Grand Forks.

The former UND captain will bring the trophy to his old college city in mid-August. The date is expected to be Aug. 11 or Aug. 12. He is still working on the details of his trip and day with the Cup. They are expected to be announced at a later date.

Here’s the story on the Herald’s site.

Greene’s deal = $10M

Matt Greene re-signed with the Los Angeles before the start of the free agency period and has listed the details of his contract.

Greene will make $10 million over the next four seasons, getting an equal $2.5 million share each year. The contract will bring Greene’s career earnings to roughly $30 million.

The former UND captain just completed a five-year deal with the Kings, helping them to a pair of Stanley Cups. He was an alternate captain on both Cup-winning teams.

Greene, 31, has played 504 games in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers and the Kings, scoring 13 goals, tallying 69 points and registering 583 penalty minutes. He also has played 79 NHL playoff games in his career, going to three Cup Finals.

Also of note, the Kings lost defenseman Willie Mitchell in free agency today.

Greene wins second Cup

Matt Greene has won the Stanley Cup again.

The former UND captain became the program’s fourth two-time winner, joining Jonathan Toews, Jay Caufield and Craig Ludwig after the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime in Game 5 of the Finals.

Greene started the play on the game-winning goal, breaking up a pass in the defensive zone and sending the play the other way, where eventually former Miami RedHawk Alec Martinez found a rebound and finished off the victory.

There will be a column on Greene in Sunday’s Herald.

Greene was a scratch in the first game of the playoffs and a minus-4 in the second game after that, he was a +8 and he was on the ice for the series-clinching goals in both the conference finals and Cup Finals.

After the win, Greene told CBC that he plans to do something different with the Cup this time around, but he didn’t specify his plans. He also said that he’d like to make a run at more titles with the Kings. Greene becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

For now, he will continue to celebrate with the Cup, though. The Kings have planned a parade for 2 p.m. Central on Monday in Los Angeles.

With Friday’s result, a former UND player has been one of the captains on four of the last five Stanley Cup-winning teams.

UND’s Cup champs

1986 — Craig Ludwig, Montreal
1990 — Geoff Smith, Edmonton
1991 — Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh
1992 — Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh
1996 — Troy Murray, Colorado
1999 — Ed Belfour, Dallas
1999 — Tony Hrkac, Dallas
1999 — Craig Ludwig, Dallas (A)
1999 — Rick Wilson, Dallas (assistant coach)
2000 — Brad Bombardir, New Jersey
2006 — Mike Commodore, Carolina
2010 — Jonathan Toews, Chicago (C)
2012 — Matt Greene, Los Angeles (A)
2013 — Jonathan Toews, Chicago (C)
2014 — Matt Greene, Los Angeles (A)

*Photo credits: Reuters, USA Today Sports.

Rangers get one back

The Stanley Cup isn’t coming out yet.

The Los Angeles Kings probably put forth their best game of the Stanley Cup Final — outshooting the New York Rangers 41-19 for the game and 15-1 in the third period — but goalie Henrik Lundqvist and the goal line were able to help the Rangers get the first win of the series.

So, it goes back to Los Angeles on Friday night.

Former UND captain Matt Greene held an even rating and made four hits in 14:25 of ice time during Game 4. Greene and the Kings were able to hold the Rangers scoreless on three power-play chances. They are now scoreless in their last 11 man advantages.

But the Rangers were able to take a 2-0 lead and hold onto it this time, unlike Games 1 and 2.

Greene moves one game from Cup

Former UND captain Matt Greene is now one game away from winning the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years.

Greene and the Kings won Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals 3-0 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. One more win and Greene is guaranteed to have his name etched on the Cup again.

Coach Darryl Sutter decided to stay with Greene in Game 3 and he scratched the now-healthy defenseman Robyn Regehr and it ended up being a very good decision. Greene played great in Game 3, earning the No. 2 star of the game from CBC. NBC also raved about his play.

The Los Angeles times wrote a piece on Greene, too.

Greene played 15:05 and registered a +1 rating. He was key on the penalty kill as the Kings blanked the Rangers on six chances with the extra man.

Since posting a -4 rating in his first playoff game of the year, Greene is +8.

Greene is trying to join Craig Ludwig, Jay Caufield and Jonathan Toews as the former UND players with multiple Cups.

Photo credit: Reuters.