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St. John's native gets his day with Stanley Cup

Derek Clancey poses with the Stanley Cup at the Admiral’s Green golf clubhouse in Pippy Park Wednesday, with his native St. John’s in the background.
Derek Clancey poses with the Stanley Cup at the Admiral’s Green golf clubhouse in Pippy Park Wednesday, with his native St. John’s in the background.

A couple of days after Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby hosted the Stanley Cup in his native Halifax and Rimouski, Que., where Crosby played junior, the Cup was in St. John’s Wednesday as Derek Clancey got to spend the day with the iconic trophy.

Clancey, the St. John’s native, is Pittsburgh’s long-time director of pro scouting. It’s the third time Pittsburgh has won the Cup, with Clancey running the team’s pro scouting.

He didn’t bring the Cup home to St. John’s last season, but did host the trophy with a few friends at Kelly’s Pub in downtown St. John’s in the fall of 2009 when the Pens defeated the Detroit Red Wings the previous spring.

Clancey had the Cup at his mother’s house Wednesday, before enjoying a family get-together at the Admiral’s Green golf clubhouse in Pippy Park.

Derek Clancey will get his name on the Stanley Cup again after the Pittsburgh Penguins won in 2015-16. You will notice Clancey’s name, seven rows from the bottom, on the right side.

He and his former St. John’s hockey teammates and friends held a private party Wednesday evening at Trinity Pub downtown.

It was quite a weekend for Clancey when the Penguins won the Cup. Not only did it mean he was getting his name on the old trophy again, in addition to a third ring, Clancey had been inducted into the Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame the night before.

Before joining hockey’s front office, Clancey was a star player in the high school and junior ranks in Newfoundland, with the UPEI Panthers and later spent seven seasons in the East Coast Hockey League where he was among the league’s top point-getters.

With three Stanley Cups and a Boyle Trophy championships with the Bro. Rice Celtics, a historic Newfoundland hockey trophy, Clancey is the only Newfoundlander to win both.

There had been some discussion Clancey may be joining the Buffalo Sabres, following his friend and former Pittsburgh associate general manager Jason Botterill, who was hired as the Sabres’ new GM.

However, Clancey said he has elected to remain with the Penguins.

 

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