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Pitt policeman directs lost Stanley Cup to Lemieux's house

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Giving directions to people lost in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh is nothing new for Andy Redman.

Redman, 26, of Springdale Township, has been a police officer with the University of Pittsburgh for about two years.

But when two men in a black sport utility vehicle flagged him down shortly before 9 p.m. Monday on Forbes Avenue and said they were lost and trying to get the Stanley Cup to Mario Lemieux's house, Redman was skeptical.

Then they showed him the Cup. The Cup that Sidney Crosby hoisted over his head in Detroit after his team won Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Cup that had been paraded before hundreds of thousands gathered downtown earlier that day to celebrate the city's latest championship.

The men, from the Hockey Hall of Fame, offered to let Redman hold the trophy and have his picture taken with it.

”It's not that heavy,” Redman said Thursday, after getting clearance from his chief to talk about the encounter. “They say it weighs 35 pounds. It's really well balanced. It's really cool.”

How the keepers of the Cup ended up in Oakland on their way to Lemieux's mansion in Sewickley is anyone's guess. Redman said they had a map printed off an Internet site, and other directions written on a piece of cardboard from an earlier attempt to get pointed in the right direction.

Redman said the guys from the Hall of Fame “couldn't have been nicer” but put one caveat on his holding the Cup -- don't lift it over your head. He figures they just didn't want to draw a crowd. Still, about 30 people gathered in the two minutes the Cup was out of its box in the back of the SUV.

He said he and a couple other officers got to hold it.

”It was exciting because even though I don't know much about hockey, I know what the Stanley Cup means,” he said. “It's unique among sports championships. It has history because it travels. It's the same Cup everyone else gets. You hold it, and you're like, wow, our fingerprints are on there with Max Talbot, Sidney Crosby, (Marc-Andre) Fleury, Evgeni Malkin ... all those guys held it, and so did we.”

Redman escorted the men to the parkway, after which the Cup reportedly went for a swim in Mario's pool.

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