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Niedermayers have story to share around campfire

Posted: Thursday June 7, 2007 2:20AM; Updated: Thursday June 7, 2007 11:50AM
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After watching his brother Scott (front, far left) win the Cup three previous times, Rob finally clutched the silver chalice.
After watching his brother Scott (front, far left) win the Cup three previous times, Rob finally clutched the silver chalice.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Scott Niedermayer had victoriously skated around with the Stanley Cup before. Three times to be exact. Each time he had won it, he took it back to his home in Cranbrook, British Columbia, where he would gather with friends and family for a barbeque. At sunset, they would sit around a campfire with the Cup and point out certain names etched into the silver chalice and tell stories. Everyone would get to hold the trophy and tell a tale. Well, everyone except one.

Until now.

This summer, Rob Niedermayer, will finally be able to hold the Cup and tell his story. Well, their story.

"Thanks for bringing that up," jokes Rob, taking off his champagne soaked jersey. "I've seen it three times and haven't been able to touch until now. Scott's had a great career and I'm glad I finally got to win it with him."

When Scott was handed the trophy by Gary Bettman, he wasted little time in handing it over to his little brother, who couldn't contain his emotions as he hoisted the Cup above his head and kissed the center ring.

"I couldn't really control anything after [he handed me the Cup]," said Rob, who scored Anaheim's second goal of the game. "I just felt the tears coming down. That was the proudest moment I'll ever have in my career, that's something I'll never forget and I can't put it into words right now."

It was a moment that the Niedermayers never dreamt about. Sure, Scott always hoped he'd win and Rob always hope he'd win, but for them to win it together?

"You can only dream of passing it to your brother, but I never had," said Scott, who captured his first Conn Smythe Trophy. "To be able to do that is definitely a highlight of my career."

Rob still tried to put the moment into words as champagne came pouring down on him in Anaheim's boisterous locker room.

"It's unbelievable," he said. "I don't think anything will ever compare to this in my career. I mean you work so hard, the playoffs are so tough. It's a roller-coaster ride emotionally and physically. You don't do this alone, you need every one of these guys."

Each player who skated around the ice with the Cup and passed it to their teammate was etching their own names into the Cup, with their own stories. And while looking around the Anaheim locker room, there was no shortage of feel-good stories to tell around the campfire.

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