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McCarty decided to do something about it. congratulate the players, their wives/
Last fall, he approached his friend, Kris girlfriends, the coaches, all those who sup-
Draper, told him he’d cleaned up his life, port the team; the unheralded heroes in the
and he thought he had a little hockey left locker room that make sure the lives of these
in him. So he plays for the Flint Generals players is as comfortable as possible—the
in the IHL, works his way up to the Red trainers, the laundry handlers, the equipment
Wings AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Grif- handlers. I congratulate you for achieving a
fins. And then in March, as the playoffs ap- dream that millions of kids dream about, in-
proached, Darren got a call from the Red cluding those in the room.
Wings offering him a shot with the team. Thanks for bringing the Cup to the White
This guy got his life back together, seized House. Good luck for the rest of the season.
the moment, and scored the opening goal in May God bless you.
game two of the series against Nashville. That And now it is my honor to bring Captain
is a stout story. And—where are you, Nick Lidstrom to the podium.
Darren? Yes, congratulations to you.
One of the things that is really interesting NOTE: The President spoke at 2:37 p.m. in the
East Room at the White House. In his remarks,
about the Stanley Cup is that every player he referred to Christopher Ilitch, vice president,
on the championship team gets to take the and Michael and Marian Ilitch, owners, Detroit
trophy home for a day. Red Wings players Red Wings; Gary B. Bettman, commissioner, Na-
took the Cup on adventures across the world tional Hockey League; Johan Franzen, right wing,
to Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, Gordie Howe, former right wing, Kris Draper,
Slovakia, and Russia. Coach Babcock took center, Chris Chelios, defenseman, Brett Lebda,
the Cup water skiing; slalom or two skies? defenseman, Darren McCarty, right wing, Tomas
[Laughter] Kopecky, right wing, Brian Rafalski, defenseman,
Anyway, several players had young rel- Chris Osgood, goal tender, and Dan Cleary, right
atives baptized with the Cup. Others let their wing, Detroit Red Wings; and entertainer Chuck
Norris. The transcript released by the Office of
children use it as a bowl for cereal, for ice the Press Secretary also included the remarks of
cream, and donuts. Tomas Kopecky took it Niklas Lidstrom, defenseman and team captain,
home to Slovakia and used it as a bowl for Detroit Red Wings.
a special Slovakian broth. No telling what was
in that special Slovakian broth. [Laughter]
Many Red Wings used their time with the Statement on Signing the Inspector
Cup to lift the lives of others. Kris Draper General Reform Act of 2008
took the Cup to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick October 14, 2008
Children. That must have been a joyous mo-
ment for them to se