It’s been a special year for Pittsburgh Penguins forward, and Sexsmith native, Carter Rowney.
He scored his first career National Hockey League goal, had his first child and won the Stanley Cup, all within a matter of months.
Now, according to the Mayor of Sexsmith, Claude Legance, Rowney will be bringing Lord Stanley’s mug back to the Peace Region.
“The Stanley Cup is coming to town,” Legace said. “This is good, in many ways, for youngsters in town to know that achievements are there to be had. Whether it be hockey or other things in a small town.”
Legace notes Rowney isn’t the first NHL’er from the town of just over 2,600.
“Way back in the sixties, we had one gentleman play for Montreal and Toronto, but they didn’t win the Cup at that time. Sexsmith is on the map for athletes already,” he said jokingly.
That was Gary “Duke” Edmundson, who appeared in 43 games with the Leafs and Canadiens. His professional career included stints in the International Hockey League with the Cincinnati Mohawks, the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans and Springfield Indians, and the Western Hockey League’s (separate from today’s major junior WHL) San Francisco Seals and Winnipeg Warriors.
On Tuesday, Sexsmith Town Council approved $2,000 to go towards the celebration.
It will go from the arena in Sexsmith through the downtown, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 16.
“Who knows when it’s going to happen again, right? So, let’s get behind it and support it, and have some fun,” Legace said.