DiPenta thrills sick kids with Stanley Cup
'I'm not going to wash that finger until I die,' one young patient said after touching the trophy
The thrill of a lifetime. That's what about 30 excited kids, all patients at the IWK Hospital in Halifax, got Thursday morning when Stanley Cup winner Joe DiPenta paid a visit.
Of course, the Cole Harbour native and NHL defenceman brought along the Stanley Cup that he and his teammates on the Anaheim Ducks won in June.
The children crowded around to see the Holy Grail of hockey. Some were in wheelchairs, others were attached to IVs. Everyonewas grinning from ear-to-ear. The youngest fan was just a few months old, wearing a Maple Leafs outfit.
Some of the kidswere teenagers like Brandon Williams, who was beside himself with excitement.
"I'm here because I was asked to come see the Stanley Cup, the greatest cup in the world. I'm going to touch it and I'm not going to wash that finger until I die," he said.
Everyone had their picture taken with DiPenta, including Anna Berraro. What will she remember most about the visit?
"Getting a hug from him," she replied with a giggle, adding she wanted a hug because "he got the Stanley Cup."
Raymond Gammon is a hockey nut, and it showed.
"Hockey is my sport and I thoroughly enjoyed being here," Raymond said. "I got to hold the Stanley Cup! How many people get to say that? I got to hold the Stanley Cup."
Later in the day DiPenta and the Stanley Cup paraded through Cole Harbour to Cole Harbour Place, where he began his hockey career.