ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and more than
15,000 fans celebrated the Anaheim Ducks' Stanley Cup title
Some fans who jammed the south parking lot of the Honda Center
brought homemade replicas of the cup, and some bought souvenir game
pucks in Stanley Cup-shaped cases.
The Ducks won the NHL title with a 6-2 victory over the Ottawa
Senators on Wednesday night, ending the series in five games in
front of their home fans.
Schwarzenegger told the crowd that he had spoken with Canada's
prime minister in Ottawa after the Ducks lost Game 3 and warned him
that, "We'll be back."
"Then, when it came to the last game, it was, 'Hasta la vista,
baby!"' Schwarzenegger said.
Ducks players arrived in a black double-decker bus, escorted by
an honor guard of motorcycle police and fire engines.
The cup was flown in by helicopter to the strains of Richard
Wagner's "Flight of the Valkyries."
Once the helicopter landed, Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer took
the cup and gave it to his teammates, who passed it around as they
walked to a red-carpeted stage while being showered with confetti.
"Anybody who has won individual honors would trade them for the
Stanley Cup," said defenseman Chris Pronger, who won the Hart
Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player and the Norris Trophy as
its best defenseman in 2000.
Teemu Selanne received the loudest cheers. Selanne, in his
second stint with the Ducks, played on his first Stanley Cup
champion after 13 seasons -- and, at 36, he's not sure if he'll play
Amid chants of "One more year!" Selanne declined to state
whether he would retire.
"If I were Arnold, I would say 'I'll be back,'" Selanne said.
"I've always dreamed about retiring on top, but the last two years
here have been the best of my life."