A group of nine-year-old hockey players in Winnipeg got up close and personal to one of the greatest prizes in hockey Tuesday night — and it came as a complete surprise.
The Fort Garry North Red Flyers were shocked to see the actual Stanley Cup in their dressing room.
“We were just going to have a regular meeting, like about practice, but when I looked it was like, ‘Oh my gosh! It’s the Stanley Cup!’” said Aaron Woo, a player on the team.
The stunt was set up by Scotiabank to reward a few young teams across Canada that do special volunteer work.
“It was just awesome!” said player Carson Fischer. “It was just — I don’t know — really good!”
The team’s coaches said it was tough keeping the big secret under wraps.
“There was three of us in the know, and everyone was asking questions,” said Coach Kyle Lizotte. “Thankfully it worked out, and they were surprised.”
The teams’ parents said they hope the surprise puts a little spring in their children’s steps.
“The other teams won more games than us, but I think they just one-upped them on this one,” said parent Lisa Shewfelt.
Shewfelt said she hopes the team will now take that extra push into the playoffs.