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It started at 8 a.m., so Brouwer could have breakfast with the Cup. We hear it likes its eggs over easy.
From there, it was on to a very special moment for the Brouwer family. Troy’s father Don had a stroke not long before the playoffs began and he was still in the hospital.
“He was up walking again,” said Brouwer, who noted his dad is fine now. “He did a lot of good rehab to be able to be in shape to be up all day, to walk around, to be able to hold it, drink from it.”
From there, the Cup got a tour of a fire station and a police station. Many of Brouwer’s childhood friends are policemen and firefighters. Then came a parade and “about 10,000 people showed up,” Brouwer said. “In a town of 30,000, that’s pretty good.”
Brouwer let some youth hockey players visit with the Cup “to hopefully inspire the kids to continue with their hockey careers, to see how far it will take them.” Then it was on to the grand finale.
“We went to my parents’ house. They have a big backyard,” he said, “and we had a nice little party, about 200 people, late into the night.”
In terms of his nonhockey life, Brouwer’s marriage, the health of his dad, the birth of his daughter Kylie Marie in October 2012 are among the things that rank a bit higher. In hockey, nothing else comes close.
“I think the best moment other than that is when they bring the Cup out onto the ice,” Brouwer said. “And you realize you get to hoist it, your name is going to be on it and you get to party with it.”
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