Capitals and Maple Leaf fans alike assembled early on Sunday in Toronto for their chance to get a glimpse of the Stanley Cup. Local hockey boy and championship winning Tom Wilson accompanied the glowing cup to North Toronto Arena for the event.
Before he arrived at NT Arena, there was breakfast at home, followed by a stop at the gym at St Michael’s College, where he trains in the offseason, to pump up for a heavy day of lifting.
North Toronto Arena is where Tom played as a youth and was influenced by generations of professional players before him. It’s where he and brother Pete challenged each other to be better skaters. This is home for Willy- where his family still lives and where he and girlfriend Taylor Pischke still spend the offseason together. And it is here that the photo of him has been updated to include one of him lifting the Stanley Cup after the Capitals win in June. One can only imagine the pride his coaches have seeing him return with the Cup.
Wilson proudly carried the 35 pound Stanley Cup into the Arena, surrounded by excited fans. After a presentation ceremony, which the mayor of Toronto attended, the local celebrity posed with fans, signed memorabilia, and kept flashing that grin fans have come to expect. The mayor and Tom’s grandfather took some time to chat about the big day and Tom’s accomplishments.
So many happy fans came to meet the local boy who has become a Capitals and NHL legend. The lines moved quickly and yet Tom still seemed to find time for the youngest of his guests.
Donations for the SickKids Foundation were collected throughout the event. A young man identified as Brock Chessell was able to meet Tom and lift the Cup for himself. What a treat for this young man who was selected to meet to Tom. SickKids provides support to children in hospital and for research to fight against childhood illness.
Before he left the arena, he was able to take time to contemplate the skating roots that began his journey to the Cup. Family and friends matter to Tom. Even Taylor got in on the day by making Stanley Cup cookies to add to those served at the event.
He later joined his grandfather and his buddies at the Toronto Golf Club.
After meeting all his formal obligations at the rink and around Toronto, Tom had a chance to spend time with his friends on a bus, with some interesting dance moves, driving around Toronto. And then it was party time Whalers style with his mates!
For Tom the phrase of the day was “We Did It” which he had printed on shirts for all his friends. Tom hoisted the Cup at the Ontario Palace Marina, a few miles outside of Toronto proper.
Tom and his friends continued the party into the wee hours of the night with some private celebration time. We appreciate their photos…
For now Lord Stanley is back in his case and resting before the hands of Devante Smith-Pelly lift him up for fans to see in Scarborough, Ontario.