Carter Rowney and the Stanley Cup continued their tour of the Peace today in Grande Prairie with a stop at Revolution Place.
We asked him what it was like for him to bring the Cup back home over the last couple days.
“Its been surreal, I mean, its been so welcoming and the community’s been supporting me. It’s been fun to come back and share this moment with some friends and some family and the community where I grew up and where it all started.”
He says there have been a lot of highlights from bringing the Cup back home.
“It’s just been cool to see kid’s faces when they see it. My family last night was pretty cool, to share that moment with them. Sexsmith, that parade was pretty cool, the turn-out was awesome. It’s just been surreal and it’s been a lot of fun and (I) just try and take it all in.”
Coming back to the rink where he played with the Storm brought back memories for Rowney.
“(My) last year here, we won the A.J. (Alberta Junior Hockey League), so that was a pretty cool moment. A couple of my friends from that team are still here and I got to celebrate the Stanley Cup win with them, too. There’s a lot of memories that came from playing with the Storm and it was a stepping stone for my career.”
The crowd at Revolution Place included a lot of people associated with the Tri District Charity Hockey Tournament, including some of the kids who have benefited from the tournament’s fund-raising efforts. Rowney played in the Tri District tournament 10 years ago
Carter’s dad Brian was also in the crowd. He says Carter’s Mom Tracy is the one that took him to early-morning practices and games.
“I went to some, but it was mainly her that spent endless hours travelling. As you know, in this area, you have got to go a long ways to play other teams. When he got into the upper-end leagues, it (was) the whole province (we) were travelling. She spent many hours on the road.”
Brian adds he just hopes Carter can keep playing.
“You know, that’s what he wants to do. He wants to, obviously, win another one (Stanley Cup). He just wants to keep playing, keep doing what he loves to do.”
Rowney says he has already started training for the upcoming season. He adds it will be a short summer, but he “will take that any day.”