After spending four years in the American Hockey League, Sexsmith’s Carter Rowney finally got his shot with the Pittsburgh Penguins this year – and he didn’t disappoint.
The former Grande Prairie Storm forward is now a Stanley Cup champion, and it looks like the Cup could be making a summer appearance in the Peace Region.
“I have no clue when I’ll get my day [with the Stanley Cup]. For now, I’m hoping to bring it up to Sexsmith and Grande Prairie, but I’m still trying to plan that scenario out right now,” Rowney explained.
The Cup was claimed Sunday night, and the team’s victory parade took place Wednesday in downtown Pittsburgh.
“It was absolutely crazy,” Rowney said. “The support we have here is phenomenal, you can’t beat it. There was hundreds of thousands of people, and people hanging out in the parkades. It was a pretty cool moment. That’s something I will always remember.”
It’s really been a whirlwind month for him. Rowney celebrated his 28th birthday on May 10 and welcomed Anders to the world, his first-born child, following Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Ottawa Senators.
“A great part of this season was getting to have my first child, and getting to share that moment with him.”
Rowney chipped in with three playoff points, 22 shots on goal and was a plus-three. He played a pivotal fourth line role for the now back-to-back Stanley Cup champs.
“It was a dream come true.”