Brian Burke on building 2007 Anaheim Ducks Stanley Cup champs

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Brian Burke had been out of work for over a year when he heard the Anaheim Ducks were interested in interviewing him for the general manager position.

“After I went through the interview process I desperately wanted the job,” said Burke at the Ducks 2007 Cup reunion on Sunday. “Fortunately it worked out. They brought me in and things went really from the start.”

Burke was hired in July 2005. He inherited a good, but not great, roster from former general manager Bryan Murray. Before he started making changes to the roster, Burke brought in help in the form of now-Ducks general manager Bob Murray.

“We brought Bob Murray in,” said Burke in an interview with Puck Daddy. “Bob Murray is the key part of everything I did here, or we did here.”

Together, Burke and Murray got to work.

“We evaluated the roster, said we’ve got to totally upgrade the [defense],” said Burke, “the goaltending is fine with [J.S. Giguere] and [Ilya Bryzgalov]. Forwards there’s some pieces there that make sense, some that don’t. But No. 1 was that we had to upgrade the D.

“Bryan [Murray] left some marvelous pieces, but there’s not one defenseman whose name is on the Cup that was here when I took over.

“We brought in a whole new group: [Chris] Pronger, [Scott] Niedermayer, [Kent] Huskins, [Sean] O’Donnell. We brought in [Francois] Beauchemin.”

During the pre-game ceremony honoring the Cup winning team, Burke told a story about the team acquiring Beauchemin.

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Chronicles of Stanley: The kids are all right; Rust’s rainbow, nap

[The Chronicles of Stanley is an occasional series this summer that tracks the Pittsburgh Penguins as they each get their special alone time with the Stanley Cup.]

Weeks before his day with the Stanley Cup, Nick Bonino prepped daughter Maisie for a seat she was going to take when he brought the chalice home to Connecticut.

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Maisie wouldn’t take her rightful place in the throne at several events across the state until later in the day as her dad jam packed his day with the Cup; which included a brief round of golf – like 30 minutes brief.

The biggest parts of the Bonino family’s day centered around a good meal, visiting the place where his hockey career really took off, and giving back.

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Chronicles of Stanley: Sid’s photo album for Dupuis; fries, pasta, fro-yo and more

[The Chronicles of Stanley is an occasional series this summer that tracks the Pittsburgh Penguins as they each get their special alone time with the Stanley Cup.]

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If this week’s round of up of Cup celebrations had a theme, it would be food and drink.

Kris Letang kicked off his day with the Cup by having a bowl of Muesli with his 3-year-old son, Alexander.

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Chronicles of Stanley: Cullen meets Stanley car; Lovejoy, Sullivan go back to school

[The Chronicles of Stanley is an occasional series this summer that tracks the Pittsburgh Penguins as they each get their special alone time with the Stanley Cup.]

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Back in 2006, Matt Cullen was expecting his first child and had just won his first Stanley Cup as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. He celebrated the victory by taking the Cup home to Moorhead, Minesota.

A decade later, he returned to Moorhead with Lord Stanley’s chalice and three little people in tow; son Brooks, 9; Wyatt, 7; and Joey, 6.

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Chronicles of Stanley: Daley, Kunitz keep it low key; West Kelowna celebrates Schultz

[The Chronicles of Stanley is an occasional series this summer that tracks the Pittsburgh Penguins as they each get their special alone time with the Stanley Cup.]

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Trevor Daley had his day with the Stanley Cup planned long before he ever won the trophy itself as he told Dallas News SportsDay:

“[The celebration] was planned out a long time ago. Many, many years ago that was planned out. I’m going to bring the cup back home to where I grew up and around my neighborhoods that I grew up around playing hockey. I can’t wait. Like I said, I’ve been thinking about that day for a really long time. Now that it’s come true it’s amazing.”

Although the planning had been envisioned by Daley long ago. The actual logistics were carried out by a long-time friend of the defenseman. From the Toronto Sun:

Daley gave out autographs and took plenty of pictures with fans of all ages – just what organizer
Ryan Land had hoped for.

“It’s amazing,” Land said of the turnout. “It’s breathtaking.”

Land, 35, told the Toronto Sun he has known Daley for over 20 years, and grew up with him in Regent Park.

He said it took him two weeks to get everything together.

“The day after he won the Stanley Cup, he called me and said ‘the Cup is coming home,’” he said. “Two weeks later, he called me with a date and said ‘plan me a Stanley Cup party and here’s what I want to do.”

Land said Daley visited Regent Park earlier in the day and surprised the kids with the Cup.

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Chronicles of Stanley: Murray’s Giant; Fehr’s slurpie; Kunitz Cup cake

[The Chronicles of Stanley is an occasional series this summer that tracks the Pittsburgh Penguins as they each get their special alone time with the Stanley Cup.]

After an epic weekend with Sidney Crosby followed by quality time with Phil Kessel and family, the Cup made its way to Thunder Bay, Ontario to visit with playoff goaltender wunderkind Matt Murray.

The journey started off a little bumpy. Murray went to the Northwest Ontario Sports Hall of Fame where he was to raise a Penguins flag.

Only one problem … there wasn’t a Penguins flag available.

Luckily, 15-year-old Zach Prenger is a huge fan and planned to attend the ceremony with his aunt who works for the city.

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Chronicles of Stanley: Crosby, Cup conquer Cole Harbour

[The Chronicles of Stanley is an occasional series this summer that tracks the Pittsburgh Penguins as they each get their special alone time with the Stanley Cup.]

Every time the winning captain gets his day with the Stanley Cup it is a special occasion. When Sidney Crosby is said captain it’s pretty much a province-wide holiday in Nova Scotia.

Who else would get a personal escort by Mounties, but the forward and savior of the Penguins?

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Sid’s weekend with the Cup started on Friday, July 15 in the captain’s hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

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Chronicles of Stanley: Zatkoff takes Cup down waterslide

[The Chronicles of Stanley is an occasional series this summer that tracks the Pittsburgh Penguins as they each get their special alone time with the Stanley Cup.]

As the days tick by to October, we get to revel in the celebration of the current Stanley Cup champions as they get their day with the Lord Stanley’s chalice.

Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff made a splash by taking the Cup to a water park in North Carolina.

Courtesy of @PensHockeyQueen, watch as Zatkoff slowly yet surely takes the trophy down a water slide.

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Celebrate with the Penguins on the ice and with champagne

Once the handshakes were over and the Cup had been skated, it was time for the Pittsburgh Penguins to celebrate on the ice with family and friends before they got to the booze inside the locker room.

Check out some of the moments captured by reporters on the ice and those watching at home as the Penguins celebrated their win.

ON THE ICE…

• Phil Kessel

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Stanley Cup Final Game 6: Best fan reactions on Twitter

Oh fellow puck heads. You never disappoint us.

Right as the Pittsburgh Penguins started shaking off their gloves and mobbing Matt Murray on the ice, the tweets commemorating the night started rolling in. Here are some of our favorites for both the winners and losers.

And we saved the best for last. He may not have won the Conn Smythe, but he’s the MVP of our hearts.

• The most amazing yet at the same time terrifying tweet of the night.

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• Crying Jordan in video form. There are no words.

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