In­jured Hum­boldt play­ers get visit from Stan­ley Cup

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS -

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.

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