Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010
By Chris Boden
BUFFALO, New York - Greetings from the Cup Tour and the shores of Lake Erie in western New York. My photog Mike Cappozzo, a couple of Blackhawks officials, and I landed to a perfect evening ahead of what should be an extremely busy Friday, with Lord Stanley's silver due to arrive back in North America from Antti Niemi's time with it in Finland.
How busy? We'll meet up with Patrick and the Kane family early in the morning in order to get to Niagara Falls before the park opens to the public for photo ops and interviews with what should be a heavy media contingent at the Cave of the Winds' Hurricane Deck. Guess it won't matter if it happens to be raining.
From there, Patrick and the Cup he helped secure with that game-winning goal two months ago visit a cancer center to bring some smiles to patients' faces, strike a pose with some ironworkers who are putting up a new medical building, attend an event with city officials, some floor hockey in the burbs, before a long day winds up with a private party.
Down the street tonight, a concert featuring the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Lots of motorcycles. Have yet to decide if I'm Tough Enough to check out such musical rabble-rousers and still get my rest.
We'll check in here along the way throughout the day on Friday. Stay close by, plus much more on "SportsNite" Friday evening.