The cheering in St. Andrews, Man., might have been loud enough for a hometown boy to hear in Pittsburgh Wednesday night as he hoisted the Stanley Cup over his head.
Gary Helm, proud father of Detroit Red Wings rookie forward Darren Helm, hosted more than two dozen hockey fans at his house for the final game in the NHL championship Wednesday night.
When the game ended with Detroit's 3-2 victory, the noise was deafening, he said.
"It was total pandemonium. I can tell you that," he said. "There was people jumping and yelling and screaming. It was good."
Darren Helm called home from the ice at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh just moments before he had a chance to hold the trophy, wanting to know whether his parents were watching, his father told CBC News.
Helm, at 21 the youngest player to skate for the Detroit Red Wings in the playoffs, played the first period of the game but then re-injured his leg, his father said.
But that did little to reduce the St. Andrews fans' interest in the game.
"You're just on the edge of your seat all the time," Gary Helm said. "You're hoping for the best, and everything turned out."