THE 401 EXPRESS. If you’ve ever driven in Ontario, it’s likely that you’ve spent at least some time on the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway. Similar to the prefixes bestowed upon Southern California freeways, it’s known as The 401, just like The 10, The 405, The 101. It’s also busier than those freeways, averaging more vehicles per hour in the more congested areas of Toronto than any other freeway in North America. An artery linking Detroit with Toronto (and extending northeast towards the Quebec border, it carries 60 percent of all vehicular trade between the United States and Canada.

Over the last week, it also carried the Stanley Cup. From Waterford down to Simcoe, farther west into a Detroit suburb and east once more to London and Woodstock, the Stanley Cup traversed The 401 last week while spending some quality time with Nelson Emerson, Rob Blake, Mike Donnelly, Drew Doughty, Jeff Carter and Jake Muzzin.

There are advanced stats relating to road trips through Canada. For every minute you spend on the road, the more likely you are to visit a Tim Horton’s. It’s a watertight formula.

 

 

I believe this qualifies as two trips to Timmy H’s.

A tip of the cap to Blake, who shared part of his day with John Stevens and his mother, Audrey, a resident of Norview Lodge in Simcoe. Via the Simcoe Reformer:

While Stevens had the honour of squiring the trophy around Wednesday, it was actually in Simcoe courtesy of NHL hall-of-famer Rob Blake, of Simcoe, the Kings’ assistant general manager and former captain. Stevens had already spent his time with the cup in New Jersey. However, Blake shared part of his day with Stevens, whose mother Audrey is a resident of Norview. Blake has a connection with Norview dating back to Norfolk naming the street it’s located on as Rob Blake Way. This is the second time the cup has come to Norview. Blake took it there in 2000 after he won it while playing as a star defenceman with the Colorado Avalanche. Valerie Holland, program and volunteer supervisor at Norview, says residents get a kick seeing the famous trophy paraded through the hallways. “For Audrey Stevens, it’s an incredibly proud moment for her to have her son bring it here,” Holland said. “It’s created quite a buzz among the residents.”

Back on American soil, Mike Donnelly and Aaron Rodgers protector T.J. Lang showed off their rings.

 

And then it was Drew’s turn. After a family event and a round of golf in London, Doughty also found some beach time with Lord Stanley.

There was also a party bus and a Reggie sighting.

 

After a crosstown exchange, the Cup continued its London weekend under the oversight of Jeff Carter, who is beginning to fill up both hands with some impressive jewelry.

And then he posed with the Cup for — GOOD LORD, THAT CUPCAKE COULD FEED FOUR PROVINCES.

 

If you’re a regular Waking up with the Kings reader, you know that every morning after a game is Jake Muzzin Day, but yesterday it was actually Jake Muzzin Day in Woodstock, Ontario.

Click here for a photo gallery and an article from the Woodstock Sentinel Review. From the Sentinel Review:

Muzzin was kept busy throughout the day. He received the Cup following Jeff Carter’s day with it from Howie Borrow and Mike Bolt, the Hockey Hall of Fame Stanley Cup handlers, at 8 a.m. Sunday at his parents place before heading to Beachville to visit his grandparents. For his family, the day was a dream come true. All the early morning practices, long distances to travel for tournaments and unavoidable costs that come with hockey were rewarded tenfold. “It’s totally unbelievable. We started just to have fun and it was a way to spend time with him,” Ed Muzzin said. “It kept progressing and resulted in this. One minute you’re shooting pucks in the driveway and now he’s holding the Stanley Cup above his head. He dreamt since as long as I can remember to do this and for him to do it is amazing.

 

 

A GOOD READ. Here’s Deborah Lew’s story of Tanner Pearson’s day with the Stanley Cup.

To finish off a spectacular day, Pearson brought the Cup back to his home where he threw a party for family, friends, and people who influenced his hockey career. Among the 200 guests in attendance were the coach and general manager of the Barrie Colts, Pearson’s junior team, as well as Scott Sabourin and Andy Andreoff, who were both Black Aces on the Kings roster during the playoffs.

“I think growing up, all you dream about is winning it, not really knowing that you get a day with it, but it was pretty cool,” explained Pearson. “We had a good game plan and we executed it well.”

With 25 games played during the regular season, Pearson will still be eligible for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year next season, as a player must have played 26 or more games the prior season (in addition to other factors which are irrelevant in Pearson’s situation) in order to be ineligible for rookie status.

So how does it feel to win a Stanley Cup even before your rookie year?

“It’s really special to win it your first year, but you look at [Robyn] Regehr when he lifted that Cup and how hard he’s worked for 15 or so seasons already, so for him to lift that Cup was pretty cool to see, but to do it the first year was pretty special, too.”

Schedule of Stanley:
June 24: NHL Awards, Las Vegas, NV
June 26-28: NHL Draft, Philadelphia, PA
June 29: Mark Yannetti, Topsfield, MA
June 30: Hubie McDonough, Manchester, NH
June 30: Denis Fugere, St. Jerome, QC
July 1: Michael Futa, Rexdale, ON
July 2-3: Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa, ON
July 3: Alyn McCauley, Gananoque, ON
July 4-5: Dustin Brown, Ithaca, NY
July 6: Jonathan Quick, Hamden, CT
July 9: Niklas Andersson, Smogen, Sweden
July 10: Christian Ruuttu, Helsinki, Finland
July 11-12: Marian Gaborik, Trencin, Slovakia
July 12-13: Anze Kopitar, Jesenice, Slovenia
July 14-15: Slava Voynov, Chelyabinsk, Russia
July 17: John Stevens, Sea Isle, NJ
July 18-19: Justin Williams, Ventnor, NJ, Cobourg, ON
July 20: Tanner Pearson, Kitchener, ON
July 21: Glen Murray, Bridgewater, NS
July 22: Nelson Emerson, Waterford, ON
July 23: Rob Blake, Simcoe, ON
July 24: Mike Donnelly, Northville, MI
July 25: Drew Doughty, London, ON
July 26: Jeff Carter, London, ON
July 27: Jake Muzzin, Woodstock, ON

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

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Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

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Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

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Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

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Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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