Thursday, June 05, 2008

Premier Williams Wins Stanley Cup

Executive Council
June 4, 2008

Premier Williams Wins Stanley Cup

Premier Danny Williams is proud, strong, and determined to announce that he has single-handedly won the Stanley Cup, becoming the first Newfoundland Labradorian to do so.

“We got it! We got it!” the Premier said as he skated a victory circuit with the cup raised over his head.

“Never in my life could I imagine I would be so proud to be a Newfoundland Labradorian,” Williams said. “However this isn’t just my Stanley Cup victory, this is the people’s Stanley Cup victory.”

The Premier won the Stanley Cup tonight in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2.

“Our victory tonight sends a signal to Stephen Harper, that we will be masters of our own domain, on a go-forward basis, with or without the federal government,” Premier Williams said.

The Premier says he is looking forward to shaving his playoff beard and getting back to the important business of governing the province.

“We felt it was important, from our perspective, to go out and win this Stanley Cup. Danny Williams didn’t do this for Danny Williams, he did it for Daniel Cleary and Danielle Butt and Daniel Ashini and Daniel’s Harbour and all the other Dannys in our great province.”

This is Premier Danny Williams’ second major sports accomplishment which he has won on his watch.

In 2006, the Premier won the Olympic gold medal in men’s curling in Turin, Italy.

In 2007, Premier Williams placed second in the Canadian Idol, but was cheated out of the victory by the rigged Canadian government cellphone voting system.

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Media contacts:

Elizabeth Matthews
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960, 693-7291

Andrea Nolan
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
709-729-4304, 727-0991