Wesley's wait was worth it

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

RALEIGH -- He was starting to wonder if this day would ever come.

After 18 seasons and 1,480 games, Glen Wesley knew he was running out of time. And at times in this final, it looked like the 37-year-old's last best chance to win a Stanley Cup was going to pass him by once and for all.

Then they won Game 7. And every sacrifice he ever made for hockey was worth it.

"That was the best feeling I've ever had," said the veteran defenceman, who was second to lift the trophy after captain Rod Brind'Amour.

"Eighteen years in the league and it finally happened."

The Red Deer native waited so long for this, it hardly seems real.

"It's unbelieveable," he said. "To see friends like Ray Bourque be able to hoist it and being frustrated throughout my career, not being able to do it ... now to be able to do it at home in front of family and friends is incredible."

Finally. But for a while the Oilers, who killed his Stanley Cup dream back in 1990, looked poised to do it again.

"A lot of people didn't believe in us and I think we fed off of that," said Wesley. "We heard this morning that NHL.com had a poll and 80% of the votes thought Edmonton was going to win. That really lit a fire under us.

"There wasn't a doubt in our lockerroom that we could do it. I never thought about not winning. Even if they tied it and we went to overtime, there was never a doubt in my mind. I just trusted that it was going to be there for us."

Ending his personal drought makes for a heartwarming story everywhere but Edmonton, but Wesley made a point of pointing out all the other stories on his team.

"It was never about me. It was about every guy in that room. It was about Roddy's leadership. It was about Bret Hedican and Doug Weight, who had never experienced it and played over 100 (playoff) games each. So in saying that, it was incredible. It honestly feels like a dream to me."


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