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Stanley Cup fever, sort of

ALBANY -– And he calls himself a Rangers fan.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wouldn’t directly answer whether he will touch the Stanley Cup when the trophy stops by the state Capitol Tuesday on its victory tour following the victory last year by the Boston Bruins.

The Cup is making an unusual stop Tuesday considering the considerable fan animosity in New York -– between the Sabres, Rangers and Islanders -- for the Boston team. Sources told The Buffalo News over the weekend that Delaware North’s Jeremy Jacobs, owner of the Bruins, is scheduled to join the trophy as it travels between the Assembly and Senate chamber areas.

"We’re trying out the Stanley Cup here in New York tomorrow," Silver said today.

Asked if he would touch it and, at least indirectly, honor the Bruins, Silver said, "I’ve had the privilege years ago, so maybe there will be a permanent place for it here." Silver has been a Rangers season-ticket holder over the years.

--Tom Precious

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Robert J. McCarthy

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Tom Precious

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