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Thousands cheer Al MacInnis and Stanley Cup

Al MacInnis hoists the Stanley Cup during the Chestico Parade

-by Bill Dunphy

When Port Hood native Allan MacInnis first won the Stanley Cup in 1989 as a member of the Calgary Flames, he also won the hand of his wife Jackie that summer. Knowing his priorities, Allan had to pass on his opportunity, as a player, to bring the Stanley Cup home to Port Hood.
    Thirty years later, MacInnis gave his Cape Breton fans the Stanley Cup fix they had been longing for.
    An estimated crowd of 5,000 people flocked to Port Hood on Saturday where MacInnis, as a senior member of the St. Louis Blues management team, was paraded through the streets of his home town during the Port Hood Chestico Days festival.
    With his name now inscribed twice on the Cup, the National Hockey League hall-of-famer was clearly pleased with the chance to finally bring the Cup home and awed by the turnout of hockey fans of all stripes.
    “I don’t remember it (the Cup) being that heavy 30 years ago,” he said, having to hoist it all along the parade route to resounding cheers.
    “I didn’t have a chance to do this back then (in 1989). But I know how much hockey is a religion here. Bringing the Cup home is special to me and special to everyone here.”
    Everyone who line up to see the Cup at the rink named after Allan had the opportunity to have their photo taken with it. As well, the Cape Breton West Major Midget AAA Islanders and the Cape Breton West Midget AA Female Islanders had team photos taken with Al and the Cup.




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