ARVADA — Touching the Stanley Cup made for a great moment for Logan Piz, who is experiencing the ups and downs of fighting cancer.
“This has been the best day of my life,” Piz said. “And what makes it even better is I have the opportunity to share it with everybody.”
The 13-year-old, diagnosed in November 2012 with a form of bone cancer that primarily affects children and adolescents, was surprised with the NHL’s Stanley Cup at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children on May 15.
Make-A-Wish, Discover, the NHL and the hospital teamed up and granted Piz his wish of spending the day with the Stanley Cup and sharing it with his family, friends and teammates.
After the initial Stanley Cup surprise, Logan was taken by limousine to APEX Hockey Arena where tears of nearly 500 people soaked the packed bleachers as he suited up and skated around the rink one time while his Bantam AA teammates skated around him.
Piz then walked the red carpet and helped carry the Stanley Cup onto the ice before delivering an emotional speech.
“To me, the Stanley Cup is every basement hockey tournament, where every goal is with three seconds left. He shoots! He scores! For me, it’s my hometown of Arvada, Colo. For me, it’s everyone here who has supported me so much, and I am blessed to have all of that,” Piz said.
In addition, Piz got to meet his favorite player, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sébastien Giguère.
“Logan has good days and then there are some bad days. This is definitely one of those good days,” Russ Hewitt, Logan’s grandfather said.
“This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity.”
During his speech, Piz honored 14-year-old Ian Tuttle, an Arvada teenager who lost his battle with cancer last month.
“Ian has been a big inspiration of mine. I look up to him and I respect him and he deserves to be here standing next to me today,” Piz said.
Piz has played hockey pretty much since the time he could stand on his own. Logan’s dad has had him on the ice since he was a 2-year-old.
But Piz last year noticed he wasn’t himself when he got a cough that he could not shake.
During hockey games, he said he was short-shifting himself as he needed to come off of the ice because he was winded.
An X-ray revealed a large chest tumor, a rare case of Ewing’s sarcoma.
But after surgery and chemotherapy, Logan’s doctors say his prognosis is now good.
Piz said his next goal is to play for Ralston Valley, the reigning state champions.