Mr. Speaker, the NHL's New Jersey Devils captured hockey's Holy Grail Saturday, beating Dallas 2 to 1 in overtime in game six of the Stanley Cup finals. This year's final showcased passion and excitement for every player who stepped on the ice, and two players in particular epitomized the very best of that spirit.
Colin White and Jon Sim of New Glasglow, Nova Scotia played big parts in their team's performance. Colin, a towering defenceman, and Jon, a fearless banging winger, took regular shifts and were solid performers in the playoffs.
As teammates in the Pictou County minor hockey system, particularly with Scott Weeks Triple A Midgets, both Sim and White acquired the skills and determination that made them outstanding hockey players and poised young men. Add to that maturity and class, and they are local and national fan favourites. Both players won the recognition and praise of many, including Don Cherry and Ron Maclean, for their play.
With the New Jersey win, Colin's name will be engraved on the cup, joining Jon's as a result of New Jersey's victory. Adding to Colin's joy, he is getting married this summer. All expect a fabulous homecoming for both native sons.