Devante Smith-Pelly (DSP) was looking at the down slope of his NHL career when the Washington Capitals gave him a chance last summer after the NJ Devils bought out his contract. It proved to be a smart move for the team. He established his value to the Caps during the playoffs scoring seven goals and an assist. So much so that they awarded him with a one-year extension in June 2018.
The Scarborough, Ontario native has his day celebrating with the people who believed in him as a young boy and evolving Hockey players. His parents invested in his dream and now he has come home with the Trophy!! To support his goals, mother Jacqueline Smith sold the cafe she owned and went to work for Telus to cover the costs that come with building a career in hockey, according to a story in the OCR. His dad Wayne Pelly runs a limousine business.
DSP played for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in the Ontario Hockey League. When he is home, DSP still works out at St. Mikes. They have a reputation for turning out great players, include former Hershey Bears goaltender Justin Peters and LA Kings Peter Budaj.
Devante was up in North Toronto Sunday night as part of the Tom Wilson entourage to party in the backyard. We aren’t sure that he didn’t just wisk away the Cup from the Whip!
Smith-Pelly’s day began as it has for most players- sharing some private moments at home with family and friends, including Brett Connolly and training coach Noah Schwartz. Oh and the cutest puppy ever!
His first stop was to the Hospital for Sick Children (aka SickKids) in Toronto. On Sunday Tom Wilson used
his time to help raise funds for the SickKids Foundation.
Some of the sweetest memories of the day will be those of Devante with the kids…
The day was already mapped out for him to bring Lord Stanley to the Black Dog Pub in downtown Scarborough. Folks began to form lines around the parking lot earlier in the day, hoping for their chance to see the crown jewel of hockey. Even a thunderstorm wouldn’t keep them from their moment with the glorious cup and DSP. Oh and like Tom Wilson before him, Toronto’s Mayor Tory stopped by for the festivities.
Finally, it was back home with friends and family before saying bon voyage as the Keeper and Stanley headed across the seas for Denmark and Sweden.