Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals 2004: 37
The Stanley Cup Journal

When it comes to hockey opponents, Cory Sarich may go against the grain, but he was proud of his Saskatchewan roots and showed how much by posing with the Stanley Cup in a sea of golden wheat.
The Stanley Cup was flown to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Monday, August 23, the special guest of Tampa defenceman, Cory Sarich. Hovering over waves of amber wheat, the flight landed in Saskatchewan's largest city, met by Cory, his wife Reagan, Dad Peter, Mom Carol, sister Renee and brother Rod, who toiled for the better part of the last season with the Louisiana Ice Gators of the East Coast Hockey League. The Cup was quietly enjoyed at the family home for the duration of the evening.

On the Tuesday, a limousine took the family and the cherished trophy to Davidson, a tiny town midway between Saskatchewan's major cities, Saskatoon and Regina. Cory was greeted by signs in the windows of many of the 1,300 residents of Davidson, congratulating him and his Lightning on the Stanley Cup win. The rural hamlet south of Saskatoon mounted a wonderful parade to honour Cory, with Sarich and his wife Reagan riding in a shiny, red, vintage convertible, accompanied by the Stanley Cup. There was great civic pride, with residents shouting out congratulations to their boy.

Cory and Reagan Sarich, as well as the Stanley Cup, were guests of honour in a parade held to celebrate the return of their local hero to Davidson, Saskatchewan.
Two thousand spectators waited for the Sariches and Stanley at the Davidson Arena. Cory stepped to the microphone. "Thank you all so much," he started. "I was raised in a community between Davidson and Bladworth, and I can't tell you how much your support has meant to me through the years." Mayor Jim Cross welcomed Cory home, to thunderous applause from the assembled. With his jersey hanging in the lobby, Cory then began signing the first of what would be three hours worth of autographs, while posing with the Stanley Cup.

Retiring to his parents home, Cory, Reagan and their guests nibbled on cold cuts and a golden-brown turkey fresh out of the oven. Then, they had professional photographs taken around the area. Cory offered to do his best Blue Steel pose, reminding his family of 'Zoolander,' but there were no takers.

Bladworth unveiled a new sign at the entrance of their town, welcoming visitors to Cory Sarich's hometown.
The Cup was taken to Bladworth, where Cory played in the aging arena there. After a visit to the Bladworth Bar, Sarich was honoured by the community with the unveiling of a fabulous sign at the entrance to town, welcoming visitors to Bladworth — Home of Cory Sarich, Stanley Cup Champ 2004. It was a moment of great pride for the entire Sarich family.

Cory took the Stanley Cup to Saskatoon, where a professional photographer took shots of Cory and his wonderful family. Twelve guests dined at John's Steak House. Minnesota Wild defenceman Nick Schultz was part of the dinner celebration — he dates Reagan's sister. While they were eating, a family poked their heads in and said, "They were right! The Stanley Cup is here." They started taking pictures to the astonishment of Cory and his family and friends, who were trying to eat. Bizarre, but there are few surprises when you're spending time with the Stanley Cup.

Either this is a poster for Saskatchewan's excellent dental care or the Sarich's family portrait. Could be both!
Cory and his family were joined by 175 friends and neighbours for a private party at the Top of the Inn Restaurant in the Sheraton. His Dad did an introduction, then a video was played of Cry's career highlights. Everyone cheered with every big hit and every scrap in which Cory was engaged. "Hope you don't have the one with me and Sheldon Souray," Cory joked. "I really don't need to see that one!"

The party continued until 2AM. The next morning, Wednesday the 25th, Cory took the Stanley Cup over to Reagan's relatives. Then, it was off to Bessborough Park, where Cory signed autographs and posed for pictures for 1,500 in the Vimy Memorial gazebo. Donations went to Ronald McDonald House.

As aggressive as Cory Sarich can be on the ice, he is as quiet and gentlemanly off the ice — a tribute to strong roots and a wonderful family.

On Monday, get ready to Rumble, when Stanley Cup Journal visits Barrie, Ontario.

Kevin Shea is Manager of Special Projects and Publishing at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
His fourth book, 'BARILKO - WITHOUT A TRACE,' will be published in October by H.B. Fenn and Company.

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