Grandma Stoll's Garden
By Jack Wilson
As the Kings players each spend their day's with the Cup, Fox Sports West will be following along. All of the great moments captured will be seen on our air in the near future but in the meantime, you can follow along on with our trip on foxsportswest.com. We'll post daily video recaps of each player's day, and hopefully give even more insight with this blog.
Last month, we spent a couple days with Kings head coach Darryl Sutter in Viking, Alberta and on his farm. This leg starts with Jarret Stoll as he brings the cup home to Yorkton and Nuedorf, which are roughly one hour apart, in eastern Saskatchewan.
Stoll let us ride along on the limo bus with him and his immediate family, as they headed out for a very busy day. The first stop for the Stoll crew was of course at Tim Horton's. If you have been to Canada, you know Tim Horton's, because they are everywhere. If you don't know, it's a coffee and doughnut shop, and its Canadian cultural significance may be second only to hockey.
From there it was time to get the cup. Stoll arranged for the cup to be flown into Yorkton's tiny airport. As the plane carrying the cup taxied down the runway, the feeling of anticipation was pretty amazing. Stoll looked like a kid on Christmas morning, while his parents proudly beamed by his side. Once the plane pulled up, Stoll popped the Cup out of its case, snapped some pics, and we were off.
Interesting note: Originally the pilot was supposed to bring the cup on his own single engine private plane, but the case for the cup doesn't fit on those planes, as some past players have had to learn the hard way, so arrangements were made to use a sea-plane.
The cup's first destination was its most meaningful. A photo session in Grandma's garden. When we arrived at grandma Stoll's house, she was thrilled to let us know that she watches the FOX Sports West broadcast of every game. Because they are on so late in Saskatchewan, she takes an "after-supper" nap on game days. She also told us that before Game 5 of this year's series against Vancouver, she said a prayer, asking that Stoll would score a goal. You may remember that he scored the series clincher in OT.
For the remainder of the day, Stoll chose to share the Cup with the public, starting with a rally in the village of Nuedorf, which was feeling quite festive. As Stoll put it, "only in Nueford does the beer garden open at 9 a.m." He signed autographs and took pictures for two hours, before heading back to Yorkton for a parade in his honor, followed by another two-hour public photo session.
Finally, the day was capped off with a huge charity banquet set up by Stoll, and just like that the day with the Cup was done. It's off to visit Dustin Penner.
If he wants more time with it, he'll just have to win it again.