99-year-old fan recalls last Cup game in

  • Williams, a spritely, laughing 99-year-old who was born in 1908, was in the old Ottawa Auditorium arena the night the Ottawa Senators won their last Stanley Cup on April 13, 1927.The former truck driver, roads inspector, tire jockey and warehouse worker also attended the first game of the expansion Senators at the Civic Centre in October 1992 when NHL hockey returned to Ottawa after Will Tye Jersey a 58-year hiatus.And on Saturday night, Williams was to be the guest of Senators owner Eugene Melnyk at Scotiabank Place watching the Senators play the Anaheim Ducks in the first Stanley Cup game in the capital in 80 years."I can name you all the players but one Devin Taylor Jersey on that (1927) Stanley Cup team," Williams said Saturday morning at his home in west-end Ottawa, where he lives with his son and grandson, both also named Ru sell.Williams was resting after his daily walk, and it troubled him that he couldn't recall who paired on defence with George (Buck) Boucher.The Senators - a fearsome group that included future Hall-of-Famers Boucher, Jack Adams, King Clancy, Cy Denneny and Frank Nighbor - defeated a Boston Bruins club that night coached by Art Ro s.It was Darian Thompson Jersey the first year the Cup was an exclusively NHL challenge - and Clancy, Adams and Ro s all went on to have individual NHL player trophies named after them.How's that for a slice of hockey history?"As far as I'm concerned, a lot of people (say) 'Oh the hockey was better years ago.' I don't go for it at all," Williams said. "I think the hockey years ago was terrible."They played more of a defensive style of hockey and today it's wider open. That's the kind Phil McConkey Jersey of hockey I like - wide open hockey."