Ask a National Hockey League® player what it takes to spend a day with the Stanley Cup. No. Better yet, look to the 2013 Stanley Cup® Final between the Boston Bruins® and the Chicago Blackhawks®
It’s all right there … perseverance, courage, teamwork. And a fortuitous bounce of the puck now and then.
Logan is not yet an NHL player. But he embodies all the qualities of those who earn the privilege of lifting Lord Stanley’s chalice.
He unflinchingly faces cancer. And he is committed to his brethren with all his heart: his team, his hockey association, his community and other kids like him who must face off against cancer.
Display of the Human Spirit
Logan’s wish to spend the day with the Stanley Cup shows why his coach calls him mature beyond his years … respectful of his teammates and coaches … a natural leader.
“There’s no way I can describe it to you,” Coach John McKibbon, known as Kibby, says. “I don’t think I’ll ever see the human spirit displayed in that way again.”
Logan’s wish awed Kibby because it lifted a community of people that, in some way, had fallen under cancer’s shadow: Ian, another player in the Logan’s association, was also diagnosed with cancer. Other young cancer patients also escaped their routine and enjoyed a glimpse of optimism, a vision of what’s possible in life.
Photo by Michael Martin
Logan thought he was headed for bloodwork at the hospital. As he waited in a hospital room, the Stanley Cup’s white-gloved handlers carried it into the room.
One look at Logan’s face tells you he has stepped into the surreal. His eyes widen and then mist over. What runs through his mind? The legendary players whose names are engraved in the Stanley Cup? The places it’s been, the acts of bravery players have performed in its pursuit? Yes. And more.
He also envisions how it will illuminate the lives of people in his community. Soon, patients, medical professionals and other passers-by are basking in the presence of the Stanley Cup.
Next Stop – The Home Rink
The players of both teams smack their sticks against the ice. The clatter is a traditional sign of respect for another player. Today, it’s a tribute to Logan, who skates onto the ice wearing the number 64.
That’s not his usual number. It belongs to Ian, the other player in his association who was diagnosed with cancer. The player who lost to cancer.
“I wish he could be here to experience this,” Logan tells the crowd.
There’s no game today – just a tryout and Logan’s presentation of the Stanley Cup to friends and teammates at his local rink. Logan skates off the ice to an avalanche of applause.
Seasons to Come
Maybe Logan will meet the Stanley Cup again. Maybe 30,000 hometown hockey fans will cheer themselves hoarse as he raises it over his head. Anything is possible. His wish proves it.