Sunday, July 26, 2009

Penguin marches into Mitchell

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Beacon Herald

Posted By Paul Cluff, STAFF REPORTER

Leave it to the hometown guy who won the Stanley Cup to sum up the excitement only the greatest trophy in sports can conjure up.

"It's the march of the Penguins," Jay Heinbuck said while balancing the Stanley Cup on his shoulder.

The director of amateur scouting for the Pittsburgh Penguins brought the top prize in the National Hockey League home for a day and he shared it with just about everyone in town.

"I woke up at 3:30 in the morning, I was just rolling around so excited about this day. I was fortunate enough this year to win the Stanley Cup and that was such an awesome feeling, and I thought here is my opportunity to bring it (here)."

Mr. Heinbuck popped into a few downtown stores before bringing the trophy to the home of his cousin, Jack Fowler. Mr. Heinbuck and friends played road hockey and welcomed friends from the community for photo ops.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing, I'm glad I got the day off work," said Craig Harris, who brought wife Meghan and son Calum to see the legendary trophy. "It is the genuine article, you can see all the dents in it."

Jodi Heinbuck said her husband had a list of invited friends but word soon spread and people went to watch some road hockey on Napier Street.

Mr. Fowler drove a classic fire truck through the town and before a cruise down Huron Street, they made stops at the Lions Pool and Mitchell Nursing Home.

"Jay is a good friend of some of the residents," said Cheryl Davidson, activity director at the nursing home.

"I couldn't believe when they told us at breakfast the all of Penguin marches into Mitchell

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