Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lord Stanley in Saskatoon

(press release from CHHF)

Babcock Brings Stanley Cup Celebration to Saskatoon

Partnering with Children's Health & Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan

To Raise Funds for Sick Children

SASKATOON, SK - Mike Babcock, coach of the Detroit Red Wings, is bringing the Stanley Cup to Saskatoon and everyone is invited to join the celebration at a public event organized in partnership with the Children's Health and Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan (CHHF).

Bryan Richards, Chair of the CHHF Board of Directors, and Don Atchison, Mayor of the City of Saskatoon, will welcome Babcock and Lord Stanley's trophy to the Amphitheatre at River Landing on July 17.

Date: July 17, 2008

Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Amphitheatre at River Landing (between the Traffic Bridge and Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge)

As a coordinator of the event, CHHF is encouraging visitors to "Give It Up for the Cup" by making voluntary donations. An event photographer will be onsite and people will be able to purchase photos with the Stanley Cup.

All funds raised during the Stanley Cup visit will be presented to the Children's Health and Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 18 at Jubilee Ford, 419 Brand Road in the Automall.

"I'm very proud to be a Saskatoon boy and I want to give every kid in Saskatchewan a chance to touch the Stanley Cup," said Babcock. "At the same time, we can work as a team to bring a little happiness and hope to kids who need our help and support."

Mix 104's Matt Litton had a chance to talk to Babcock and the following is a transcript of the interview.

ML: Well first of all Mr. Babcock welcome to the show, thanks so much for doing this. How's it going today are you enjoying the off-season?

Babcock: Oh yeah always enjoying the off-season. It's great to spend time with your family.

ML: Right on. And you've been the Stanley Cup champion for about a month and a half now, has it sunk in yet?

Babcock: Oh yeah it's, you know, obviously it was a great thrill and we had a good team, we've had a good team for 3 years we were finally able to accomplish our goal and it was very enjoyable to share the ride with the players and our family and friends and just a great accomplishment.

ML: Right on. Ok, so you're going to be in Saskatoon on Thursday. Would you be able to just talk about what's going to be happening?

Babcock: Well I mean the bottom line is what the goal is to share it with the people of Saskatoon and specifically the kids of Saskatchewan. And so they can come to river landing and, you know, touch the cup and get their picture taken with it, get an autograph if that's what they want. We're going to go to the Royal University Hospital Hospital and share it with the kids there. We're going to go to Sherbrook after-care centre and then we're going to go to, the following day, it's going to be at Jubilee Ford so people have another opportunity to come and get autographs with it and there will be a private party at night. So it should be a lot of fun and a lot of people of Saskatchewan get chance to touch it.

ML: So, I guess, why Saskatoon?

Babcock: That's where I live, that's where I'm from. I live at Emma Lake in the summer but I grew up in Saskatoon. Those are the people who helped me along the way and there was no other place.

ML: Now there's also a fund raiser going on is that correct?

Babcock: Yeah absolutely. You know, obviously for Children's Heath and Hospital (Foundation) here in Saskatchewan, it's a great cause and we want to do what we can to raise a little money.

ML: So is there any reason why the children's health and hospital foundation in particular?

Babcock: Well just because, I mean, I spent a lot of time with pediatric cancer and do a lot of work with kids in that area and it just seamed like a really good cause here in Saskatchewan. I'm delighted with the efforts that are going on in Saskatchewan to help that out so I want to be part of it.

ML: Ok, well that's so much for doing this.

Babcock: No problem thanks for having me on your show!


Matt said...

what a great interview! That Matt Litton guy seems to know what he is talking about

Darren Dupont said...

He sure does... except for the part where he asked him why he would go to sasktoon. lol but overall good interview.