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    Published in the Asbury Park Press 8/14/03
    By MICHAEL AMSEL
    TOMS RIVER BUREAU

    POINT PLEASANT BEACH -- Devilsmania swept this seaside town last night, as thousands of hockey fans waited at Jenkinson's to catch a glimpse of the Stanley Cup and meet recently retired Ken Daneyko of the New Jersey NHL club.

    Fans formed lines stretching for blocks along the boardwalk, hoping to get Daneyko's autograph or take a picture of the Cup; many were disappointed.

    "We got here two hours ago (at 4 p.m.) and we're not even close to where they are located," said John Malanga, 18, of Wall. "The first people were here at 2 p.m. and the line is moving so slow. I'm probably going to pull out of the line soon, but I saw the Cup in Belmar in 2000 so I don't feel that bad."

    Daneyko, who won three Cups with the Devils, appeared from 6 until 9 p.m. By 6 p.m., more than 1,000 people had already gathered at the amusement park section on the boardwalk, where Daneyko and the Cup were situated.

    Lots of frustrated fans -- many wearing Devils' jerseys and paraphernalia -- bolted the line and pushed through the crowds to the small roped-off area, hoping to see the Stanley Cup.

    Pat Keating of Tinton Falls bent to his knees, allowing his 9-year-old son, Michael, to stand atop his shoulders.

    "Can you see it? Can you see it?" Keating asked, grimacing.

    "Yeah, I can see it shining," Michael said. "It's real cool."

    Michael said he was disappointed that he couldn't get near enough to get Daneyko's autograph.

    "I brought my hockey stick and a jersey for him to sign," he said, wincing.

    Malanga and a friend, John Calabrese of Wall, said they are ardent Devils fans and attended the decisive seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals -- for the NHL championship.

    "It was easily the most amazing sporting event I've ever attended," said Calabrese, 18. "I saw the Stanley Cup once before, but I was hoping to see it again. Actually, I feel kind of gypped."

    The New Jersey players' names will be engraved on the Cup, as have the names of players whose team won it in the past.

    The tradition of the Stanley Cup began in 1892 when Lord Stanley, the governor general of Canada, purchased a silver cup measuring 7 1/2 inches high and 11 1/2 inches across for 10 guineas (approximately $50) to help establish a hockey championship.

    The first winner of the Stanley Cup was the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association hockey club, champions of the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada in 1893.

    Michael Amsel: (732) 557-5733 or [email protected]


    --- This picture is facing away from Jenkinsons and is about 3/4 mile south of it. That's a LONG line.
    Last edited by Bones42; 03-15-2011, 10:38 AM.
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  • #2
    Thousands of fans go to see the Cup, that's more than show up to see the Devils.

    But then again the Cup is far less boring than the Devils.

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    • #3
      In a related story:

      The crowd at the Point Pleasant Boardwalk paled in comparison to the masses that showed up at Alberta's annual Sour Grape Festival.
      FTM-PTB-EGH-RFB-KTF

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      • #4
        Sour Grapes maybe but I guess you'ld have to understand hockey to know if it's boring or not.

        On a totally unrelated hockey topic, I am saddened by the loss of Herb Brooks, the hockey world is poorer with his passing.

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        • #5
          BORRRRRRRRING

          BORING
          BORING
          BORING

          lol

          Now hockey like Dallas/Edmonton for example ... wayyyyy more exciting to watch!

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          • #6
            I too was very sad to hear the news about Herb Brooks. He was a great man and he will be missed by many people.

            Stay safe,
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            • #7
              I forgot?

              Guess you need to be from Canada to really understand hockey.
              Boring ?....Yup, But it's all about winning. And winning is about playing excellent defense, trap or not.

              I am also saddened about the passing of Herb Brooks.
              Last edited by Trkco1; 08-19-2003, 08:26 AM.
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              • #8
                Re: I forgot?

                Originally posted by Trkco1
                Guess you need to be from Canada to really understand hockey.
                Boring ?....Yup, But it's all about winning. And winning is about playing excellent defense, trap or not.

                When the Stanley Cup Champions can't even fill their building for the final because they're so boring, maybe winning isn't everything. The Devils played to a half empty building and as the Canadian Olympic Team proved, winning can also be exciting.

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                • #9
                  First of all lemme start by saying that losing Herb Brooks is a tremondous loss to hockey as a whole... Now how many Canadian teams played in this year's Stanley Cup????
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RescuHoppy7
                    Now how many Canadian teams played in this year's Stanley Cup????
                    How many Canadian players played in this year's final?

                    22, far more than any other nationality.

                    That however is totally irrelevent as both teams played the trap and both were boring no matter where the teams or the players were from. The trap is designed to prevent the skilled players from dominating and would be illegal if the league simply called interference. As much as I wanted to see Anaheim beat NJ the simple fact is that they were even boring than the Devils. The only bright side to the final is that the most boring team, Minnesota, didn't make it.

                    I don't mean this as a slight to the Devils or their fans. Hockey should be played with speed and grace and when taken to the highest level can be a thing of beauty.

                    This years Stanley Cup unfortunately was not. The attendance in NJ can attest to that. When you can't fill your building despite being in the largest market area on the continent, there is a reason for it. That reason can be summed up in 2 words.....TRAP.....BORING.

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                    • #11
                      In yet another related story:

                      A week after the Alberta's Annual Sour Grape Festival, the crowds decided to stick around for Alberta's Annual Whine Festival.

                      The Devil's hockey may be boring, but nowhere near as boring as your arguments.
                      FTM-PTB-EGH-RFB-KTF

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                      • #12
                        Re: In yet another related story:

                        Originally posted by Trkco1
                        A week after the Alberta's Annual Sour Grape Festival, the crowds decided to stick around for Alberta's Annual Whine Festival.

                        The Devil's hockey may be boring, but nowhere near as boring as your arguments.
                        Wonderfully intelligent comeback, as stated earlier you don't understand hockey so as a result you make childish statements.

                        My comments may be boring but at least they're not infantile dribble. I you're going to engage in debate at least keep your comments on hockey.

                        Maybe you can explain why NJ fans stay away in droves despite drawing from the largest fan base and having a champion team. Maybe all the good fans out there cheer for the Rangers.

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                        • #13
                          Maybe you can explain why NJ fans stay away in droves
                          cuz I can sit home with my family and friends in comfortable chairs, eat hotdogs for way less money, and have a beer for way less money, and watch the game on TV including replays. I used to have season tickets to Rangers, the fights in the stands were exciting. Didn't do much for the hockey game, but it was exciting. Then I grew up. I still go see Devils once in a while, but I much more enjoy a game watching from home. If you, with your Canadian wisdom, want to blame that on boring hockey, that's your choice. You have no idea who I am nor how connected I am with hockey (or even Canada). I won't hold it against you, it's your opinion and your entitled to it. I just won't agree with it.

                          Last great hockey game I saw live was NYPD vs FDNY at the Garden. A bunch of guys playing the game for nothing but pride.
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                          • #14
                            Sorry Bones, I did not bring up the question of American vs Canadian hockey Trikco1 did (I responded however). I merely have ranted about the suppression of talent at the NHL level, due to the league not enforcing existing rules with regard to interference etc. (the trap) Parity is nice but when you sacrifice talent, speed and excitement to acchieve that parity (or should I say parody) then you reduce the worlds most exciting sport to the level of ballroom dancing.

                            I am just saying let the talented players play the game and ban the trap.

                            As for the FDNY hockey team, I had the great pleasure of hoisting a few (or was that a few too many) beers with them when they were in Calgary to compete in the 1997 World Police/Fire Games. I am glad to hear that they are still playing for the love of the game. It is a love that I share and only wish to return the game to the way it should be played.

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                            • #15
                              Please explain:

                              My comments may be boring but at least they're not infantile dribble.
                              But then again the Cup is far less boring than the Devils.
                              This isn't "infantile dribble"? This is in your first post, I only responded. Bones posts an article about the cup coming to his hometown and you seem to need to chime in about how boring the Devils are. Oh wait, I forgot I don't understand hockey, but I do know how to pick out a wise-*** comment when I see one.

                              My last post on this subject.
                              FTM-PTB-EGH-RFB-KTF

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