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Stanley Cup Goes on Tour in Saskatchewan – SaskatoonOUS News

This year, the Colorado Avalanche name will be engraved on the Stanley Cup, but the team itself is made up of several athletes from Saskatchewan.

This week, the main trophy of the National Hockey League began a tour of the province. Avalanche quarterback Josh Manson began guiding Wednesday at Prince Albert.

“Here I grew up and played a little hockey.” says Manson. “So bringing it back here and sharing it with the people of Prince Albert is a very special thing.”

Manson spent his day with the cup outside the Art Houser Center and says hockey is an important part of the city’s identity.

“I think the passion that Prince Albert gave me is to play hockey. You grow up and it’s such a big part of the city and the people here. I think that’s what really shaped me, solidified me in hockey and made me want to have that drive to win the Stanley Cup.”

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“I never thought I would have the chance to interact with him in person.” says Kathan Isbister, a local junior hockey player from Prince Albert. “Growing up in the small town of Prince Albert, it’s pretty cool to see someone bring it home.”

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The six-foot-three product is an eight-year NHL veteran. He played seven and a half seasons with the Anaheim Ducks before being acquired by the Avalanche near the trade deadline this year. His father, Dave Manson, played 16 seasons in the NHL and is currently an assistant head coach for the Edmonton Oilers.

“He was such a good role model for me growing up and really helped me in my career along the way.” says Manson. “He played for a long time. I just want to try and get some of what he has been able to achieve in his career.”

Fellow 2022 Stanley Cup champion Ryan Murray spent a cup day in White City on Thursday. The former No. 2 pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft has played 432 NHL games in his career.

The Stanley Cup finally made it to Bridge City on Friday with goaltender Darcy Kemper.

“Saskatoon is a very special city for me and will always be my home.”

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The former Avalanche goaltender started his day at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital before showing off the cup at the Saskatoon Police Service (SPS). Relatives, friends, SPS employees and their families were present.

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“Still surreal.” says Brent Kemper, Darcy’s father. “You know, it was a real summer, it was a real trip. I can’t explain it, I’m happy for him.”

Kemper joins former Saskatoon Contacts teammate Bryden Schenn and his brother Luke Schenn to bring the cup home to Saskatoon.

“I heard from both of them, we always keep in touch.” Kemper says. “So they were the last three teams to win it, so they immediately contacted me and congratulated me. It was nice to hear from them.

Kemper played as a junior with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League before being drafted by the Minnesota Wild. He also went on to play for the Los Angeles Kings and the Arizona Coyotes. During the 2021 off-season, the Colorado Avalanche traded prospect Con Timmins, a 2022 first-round pick, and a 2024 third-round challenger for a star goaltender.

He says that winning it with this group of guys was special.

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“We will be friends forever and we had a great team and a great group of players. You know, (I’m) very happy that we were rewarded by winning all this,” he said.

The Saskatoon product is now starting a new journey in Washington, having recently signed a five-year contract worth around $26 million.

In the meantime, Kemper wants to spend the rest of the day with Lord Stanley.

“(I) am going to show it to the rest of my family and then share it with some friends.”

The Stanley Cup will make another stop at Humboldt on Saturday.

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