Davis Drewiske only played nine games with the Los Angeles Kings last season, and didn't see any postseason ice time, but tradition dictates that he gets to spend a day with Stanley. And what a way to spend it:
to_the_max13Via his brother Max's Twitter feed (that's him on the right), this is the hockey-world-inspiring Jack Jablonski getting some Stanley Cup time with Drewiske.
The 27-year-old defenseman scheduled a viewing party Monday afternoon for the hockey arena in Hudson, Wisconsin, where he learned how to play the game... but he had at least one place he wanted to stop first.
Drewiske picked up the Stanley Cup shortly after it landed in the Twin Cities, and drove it to the home of Jack Jablonski, the Benilde-St. Margaret's hockey player who was paralyzed after crashing into the boards headfirst last winter.
Jablonski's injury and courageous rehabilitation brought together the hockey world in the last several months, including a fundraiser in July that had NHL dignitaries and $120,000 in ticket sales. He became a national sensation and local hero: Earlier in August, he blew the celebratory gjallarhorn to help kick off the Minnesota Vikings' season.
Fueling his inspirational story: The fact that Jabs has made remarkable progress from the dire predictions about his health initially.
He moved a leg in May and was shown crawling on a video with helpers at the Courage Center rehabilitation facility.
As for Davis Drewiske, he was unsure before receiving the Cup if his name would appear on it, seeing as how he didn't fit the 41 regular-season game/one game in the Final standards.
He told UWBadgers.com that he did "have confirmation on the spelling of my name from someone within the team." LA Kings Insider said the official engraving of the Cup takes place in Quebec on September.
Bringing the Holy Grail to Jack Jablonski = qualification for engraving, right?