Injured Humboldt players get visit from Stanley Cup
SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN » Tom Straschnitzki whose 19-year- old son, Ryan, was badly injured in the junior hockey team’s bus crash was in a waiting area at Royal University Hospital on Friday night when a large box was wheeled in.
Recognizing the box from Stanley Cup presentations, he immediately suspected what was inside, and his suspicions were confirmed when someone wearing white gloves lifted the trophy from the case.
Tom Straschnitzki says Ryan was asked if he wanted to touch the cup, but he wanted to wait until he wins it someday.
“They know the tradition,” Tom Straschnitzki said, noting the other injured players didn’t want to touch the trophy, either.
The Straschnitzki are from Airdrie, Alberta. The family said 19-year- old Ryan couldn’t feel his legs after the crash.