Elk River native Jonna Curtis got quite the hometown reception.
Just a few months removed from winning an Isobel Cup championship with the Minnesota Whitecaps, Curtis brought home the National Women’s Hockey League’s ultimate prize for a celebration at Sammy Perrella’s Pizza on June 2 and was blown away by the turnout.
“It went really well. I was honestly somewhat surprised at the turnout and the amount of people that came out to show their support and see the cup,” said Curtis, who is a 2012 Elk River graduate and the girls hockey program’s leading scorer with 280 points.
Curtis took the time to sign autographs, take pictures and mingle with fans, while enjoying pizza outside on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
She said it was especially rewarding to see youth and high school hockey players come out and celebrate the occasion with her.
“I was able to meet so many youth and high school hockey players, which was so great. They all wanted pictures with the cup and autographs,” Curtis said. “It was really just kind of big hang out. I got to meet a lot of new people but also see a lot of friends and family. It was very casual, but perfect.”
Elk River girls hockey coach Brian Ballenger was in attendance for the celebration and said it was a huge deal to have one of their own bring back a professional women’s championship trophy to Elk River.