Few players have had as active a day with the Stanley Cup as Kings center Jarret Stoll did Thursday. In a whirlwind day, Stoll visited two separate rinks, held numerous public events, and ended the day with a banquet with about 1,100 guests. And all this between two southeastern Saskatchewan towns -- Neudorf and Yorkton -- separated by about 50 miles. So it's pretty telling that Stoll's first stop of the day was to his grandparents' house.
In fact, Stoll's day with the Cup began with a big hug from his grandmother, Doreen, who hosted a brief party at her home in the morning, along with Stoll's grandfather, Wilbert. The pair has been a huge part of Jarret's upbringing, hosting the entire Stoll clan during holidays and attending many of their grandson's youth games. Before those games, the pair would promise to pay Jarret a dollar for every goal he scored, a proposal that got expensive as Jarret developed into a young hockey star. Jarret even picked his number, 28, because his grandfather was born in 1928.
In a day where hundreds of people shared in Jarret's Cup celebration, the Kings forward, who came one win short of a Cup win with the Oilers in 2006, made sure to reserve plenty of time with family. There was a photo session featuring the Cup and Stoll's family at an area photo studio and a constant Stoll family presence throughout the day. But it all started Thursday morning with a special visit to the home of Wilbert and Doreen Stoll.