*During the Stanley Cup Final, the mini-series ‘Mama’s Boy’ will offer a special inside perspective from some of the moms of LA Kings players*
There is a credit union in Salt Lake City, Utah that is pre-maturely missing its Branch Manager at the moment, all because of the Kings’ 3-0 lead on the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final.
Linda Lewis, mother of Kings forward, Trevor Lewis, had plans to be in Los Angeles for Game 5 of the Final, but knew that if there was a chance that the Kings could win it all in Game 4, she and family members of other players would be chartered to New York for the potential Cup-clinching game.
“The Kings play really hard and they’re just so dedicated to each other. It’s just amazing that they each have the relationships with each other that they do,” observes Linda, about the Kings’ unity that the rest of the world is now discovering. “They’re just so close and it’s amazing how a group of guys can pull it together like they’re doing.”
Today, it’s last-minute travel plans, but 10 years ago, all Linda was focused on was getting a college education for her youngest son.
“What I really wanted from hockey was a scholarship,” Linda admits.
Trevor, who began skating at the age of two when his parents bought a house across the street from an ice rink, gave up football, baseball, and other sports around the age of 12 to concentrate on hockey. This enabled him to come through on his mom’s hope with a total of 17 hockey scholarship offers from various schools.
In addition to the 17 schools, Trevor was also drafted 17th overall by the LA Kings in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, and elected to sign an entry-level contract that same summer. Trevor made his NHL debut during the 2008-09 season.
Eight years after that debut, Linda and Trevor are only one win away from having another day with the most coveted trophy in all of sports.
In 2012, when Trevor won the Stanley Cup with the Kings, Linda’s company sponsored Trevor’s day with the Cup, and an autographed photo of Trevor is on display in their trophy case. Needless to say, Linda’s co-workers are well-aware of the Kings’ status in the playoffs, if only because of the mass e-mail Linda’s boss sent to his employees.
“It gives me a heart attack every time I watch a game. I’m telling you, I can’t take this anymore,” says Linda, who watches every game from home where she can fully engross herself in the game sans distractions.
Like many others, when Trevor was a kid, he and his friends would play shinny hockey in the hallway, where they would pretend to be playing for the Stanley Cup, proof that Trevor is literally living his childhood dream, doing what it is he loves to do.
“That is what I think of when I see him score in the playoffs,” Linda reveals.
Linda’s mom, Jane, is 90 years-old and lives in an assisted-living facility, but is equally as engulfed in the Kings success as the rest of the family, and gets upset when she isn’t able to watch the games. Two trips to the hospital for procedures actually allowed Jane to watch two playoff games she wouldn’t otherwise have been able to see.
“She’s got all the older ladies and gentleman watching hockey. It’s really cute,” Linda shares about her mom.
Jane is a long-time supporter of her grandson’s hockey career, and one of Linda’s fondest hockey memories came shortly after Trevor made the travel hockey team at the age of five, and the family made a trip to Colorado for a game.
“Trevor scored the game-winning goal and grandpa cried and grandma cried,” recalls Linda, who currently speaks with Trevor at least once a week depending on the team’s travel schedule.
Linda is accustomed to having Trevor away from home now, but confesses that it was difficult for her the first time he left home to play hockey in Colorado Springs at the age of 14.
“That was really hard for me. Trevor’s pretty shy and I didn’t think he’d make it, I thought he’d be home in about two weeks, but he sure showed me,” says Linda.
Trevor ended up playing in Colorado Springs for two years, living with a host family, before moving on to Des Moines, Iowa, where he played in the USHL with the Buccaneers until being drafted by the Kings.
“I’m just so proud of him and the kind of person that he is, receiving the Unsung Hero award,” explains Linda, referring to the player-voted award Trevor has won with the Kings the last two seasons. “He’s really dedicated.”
It seems to be a running theme that Trevor is constantly over-delivering on his mother’s hopes, and if he and the Kings have anything to say about it, the show isn’t quite over just yet.
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