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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Media Round up: Huet with the Stanley Cup in France!

Blackhawks TV uploaded some great videos from Huet's time with the Cup in France (One of my most favorite countries)!

A link to a video from a French article - (Google Translator)
*VID√ČO* La Coupe Stanley au sommet de la Tour Eiffel avec Cristobal Huet

The videos were very candid and fun, as is the characteristic of many of the Blackhawks TV Cup video coverage.
Huet is honored with a banner at his hometown rink.

Huet takes the Cup for a visit to his old rink.

Family and friends of Cristobal Huet gather to take pictures with the Stanley Cup in France.

Cristobal Huet recieves the Stanley Cup for his day in France.

Cristobal Huet brings the Stanley Cup to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

Huet talks about his time with Stanley Cup before it's Niklas Hjalmarsson's turn.

Hedican hoists the Cup with Huet

Tom Hedican holds the Stanley Cup with his longtime friend and former student Cristobal Huet. Photo submitted.

North Bay's Tom Hedican got a chance to celebrate with the NHL goalie he helped discover.

Cristobal Huet invited his former goalie coach to his Stanley Cup celebration in Grenoble, France on Sunday.

Huet was the back-up netminder for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

"It was an absolute dream to see this humble guy receive the attention and credit he got from the people of France," said Hedican in an email to

Hedican has been credited with discovering the veteran goaltender in Switzerland and brought Huet to North Bay for a Hockeyville/Coach4Food autograph session in the spring of 2007.

Cristobal Huet's agent eyes new team
"It almost becomes a case that for him to remain in the NHL, there has to be a combination of either someone getting hurt or something unusual happening, opening the door," he said. "Short of that, you have to suck it up and find an alternative outside of the league."

Huet was 26-14-4 for Chicago with a 2.50 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage.

"It's been very difficult for him, but I give extremely high marks to Cristobal," Bartlett said. "It was difficult for him throughout last season [losing his starting role to Niemi], but he was the consummate team guy. He never brought any disappointment to the locker room. He's a character guy. I think Stan and the Blackhawks would reiterate what a terrific guy he is."

^I agree with Bartlett, Huet handled himself extremely well despite all the disappointment that fans felt from his performance. If this was any other sport such as MLB, I am not sure if the same player would be as classy or respectful to his teammate, especially if that player was a "star player" at his position.

Huet is awesome and I wish him the best!

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