Just days ago two hardy Saskatchewan lads, Jarret Stoll and Dwight King, hoisted the Stanley Cup over their heads in victory. They did this to not only the cheers of teammates and fans at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, but also to the support of a whole province thousands of miles away.
“I feel most, if not all, of Saskatchewan was cheering for the Kings, there was a huge following,” said Sherri Stoll, the mother of King’s player Jarret Stoll. “It is every parent’s dream to see your son hoist the Stanley Cup.”
Sherri says Jarret (pictured) will be bring the cup to both Neudorf and to Yorkton, but that even he does not know when the cup will make its way to the prairies.
Sherri tells us that her son had almost given up hope of winning the coveted trophy. Jarret was a part of the Edmonton Oilers’ 2006 playoff run, where the team lost in a heartbreaking cup final Game 7 to the never-say-die Carolina Hurricanes.
“He was so disappointed after that Game 7 loss, he told us afterward, ‘You know, some hockey players only get one chance,’” said Sherri, who just returned to Saskatchewan after an exciting California trip.
Six years later the Stoll family experienced a very different playoffs.
“In 2006 the games went a lot longer,” said Sherri. “This time, with the sweep in the second round and them beating Vancouver in five, those ones (match-ups) were more relaxed.”
Not that the 2012 race was without its tense moments, as well. “In Game 6 at the start it got really nerve-racking. We knew they had to win it there because if they had to go back to New Jersey, well I don’t think they would have won a Game 7,” said Sherri.
But now Jarret gets to enjoy himself. The team was on Jimmy Kimmel live Tuesday night and their Stanley Cup Parade is on Thursday, after which the team will be heading to Los Vegas to party with the cup.