By Mari Ballinger
Some may know him as the Minnesota Wild goalie, but here at Canterbury Park Alex Stalock is known as the co-owner of One Famous Ocean.
It all started eight years ago when Stalock met track announcer Paul Allen in the paddock. Their friendship blossomed due to their similar, lively personalities. From there, Stalock and Allen formed The L Team, which further increased Stalock’s contribution at the track. Though, Stalock had been around horse racing since his high school days.
“I started coming to Canterbury during my teenage years, my friends and I loved making frequent trips to Canterbury,” said Stalock. “We would play some black jack, bet on horses and hopefully not lose too much money.”
Now, trips to Canterbury look a little different. Stalock is married with two young kids, who also happen to take interest in horses.
“My favorite thing about owning a horse has to be sharing that experience with my family,” said Stalock. “The kids absolutely love it. Going back to the barn to feed One Famous Ocean a couple carrots is my son’s favorite thing to do.”
The racing industry lets Stalock display his competitive behavior during the offseason, although he claims to keep calm during the races.
“The racing aspect is a lot like hockey, or any sport in general,” said Stalock. “Some days you show up and some days you don’t. You can go five consecutive games with a goal and then the next game you get nothing. It’s tough.”
Contrary to their name The L Team, which implies they take losses, Stalock, Allen and the rest of the gang are hoping for many wins this upcoming season.