(courtesy of Greystoke Photography)
Thursday was a special day in West Kelowna as native son Justin Schultz came home with some impressive hardware.
It was Schultz’s day with the Stanley Cup, which he won with the Pittsburgh Penguins in June. His visit back to his hometown included a stop at Royal LePage Place, where he was a member of the then-Westside Warriors for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. Schultz and Warriors owner Mark Cheyne trotted out all the hardware the team won this season, including the Fred Page Cup, Western Canada Cup and RBC Cup, in addition to the Stanley Cup which Schultz was showing around West Kelowna.
The 26-year-old defenceman began last season with the Edmonton Oilers but was acquired by Pittsburgh in February. His contributions helped the Pens go from second-place finishers in the Metropolitan Division to the top of the hockey world.
Schultz posted 25-66-91 in 108 BCHL games before going on to a three-year NCAA career at the University of Wisconsin. There, he registered 40-73-113 in 121 college games before signing with Edmonton in 2012.