12 players from that team along with other staff members gathered yesterday for a scrimmage and post game barbecue. The players in attendance included Kyle Turris, Jovan Matic, Mark Soares, Carlo Finucci, Peter Merth, Tyler McNeely, Brad Hunt, Alex Sciangula, Captain Brady Cook, Stephen Cunningham, Jake Areshenko and Matt Gordon. Keith Seabrook wasn't able to attend the scrimmage but was able to make an appearance later in the evening.
Alex Sciangula played an instrumental role in orgranizing this great day getting in touch with many members of the team and helping put it all together. Express alumni and Stanley Cup champion with the Boston Bruins Milan Lucic also took part in the event. Lucic played his first full season of junior hockey with the Express in 04-05 as a 16 year old.
It was a fun day had by all with old friends picking up where they left off last seeing each other i'm sure for some has been at least 5 or 6 years. Express President Darcy Rota had a pleasant surprise up his sleeve after the game on the ice was done as he was able to bring out the RBC Cup for the players to see again.
On behalf of the Express, I would like to extend a thank you to the current holders of the Royal Bank Cup the Penticton Vees for lending the trophy out to the Express for this event. I also had a chance to speak with a number of the players who were in attendance and get their thoughts on the reunion of the 2006 Royal Bank Cup Champions.
The boys also had a shootout before leaving the ice for good. I had a chance to film it.
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