Yesterday, the Sanley Cup made a special visit to a courageous young hockey player, 9-year-old Genny Shepler. Genny fell from a great height while hiking, suffering severe head injuries that caused her to slip into a coma for eleven days. Though she has a lot of rehab ahead of her, this determined young lady is now in recovery, re-learning how to walk and speak.
Daryl Evans and mascot Bailey were there to present the Cup to her and a crowd of excited people at the hospital, and Daryl promised to take her out on the ice so she could show him some moves. Genny plays for one of the Lady Reign teams in Riverside.
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The Los Angeles Kings won't have the Cup for much longer this year, but I'm so glad they did this. The Stanley Cup is a special trophy that has the power to inspire so many, but kids like Genny inspire us even more. Great job.
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