SASKATOON – Hundreds of loyal hockey fans got a rare opportunity to see the Stanley Cup on the August long weekend along with one of their favourite Saskatchewan NHL stars.
Jarret Stoll, 32, paid the Bridge City a visit on Sunday and spent time with enthusiasts as part of a fundraiser.
Royal University Hospital (RUH) Foundation will benefit greatly from the visit thanks to the generosity of the Los Angeles Kings forward.
He created the now $1.1-million Jarret Stoll Patient Comfort Fund Endowment as the result of six celebrity golf classics for RUH from 2005 to 2011.
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“We put a lot of time into having a successful golf tournament, and raising a lot of money, and this is exactly where the money goes. And it’s good to see that and see what they’ve done and see how happy it makes everybody,” said Stoll.
“I’m honoured to come back and spend some time with the kids and their families and that’s what the whole endowment fund that we all created here wanted to do.”
The endowment’s investment earnings have provided over $105,000 in furniture, equipment and resource rooms for local patients and their families.
Stoll also visited Kiwanis Memorial Park Sunday afternoon, giving fans the opportunity to take a photo with the NHL championship trophy and make donations.
During his previous time holding Lord Stanley’s Cup in 2012 with the Kings, he visited southeastern Saskatchewan.
Stoll was born in Melville, Sask. and grew up playing for hockey teams in Yorkton and Saskatoon.