Avalanche Stanley Cup handoff goes from Landeskog to Erik Johnson

“‘Gabe’ has been telling me for the last few years,’When we win it, you get it first,'” said Avalanche Defense. “I don’t know what to do if it doesn’t motivate you to get it done. It’s just super humble satisfaction. That’s great.”

Johnson was the first avalanche player to receive the Stanley Cup from Landescog after defeating Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Amalie Arena on Sunday.

This is the first time Avalanche has won the cup since 2001.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman didn’t attend because he tested positive for COVID-19, so NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly handed the cup to Landeskog, and Landeskog handed it to Defense Johnson, who had been playing at Avalanche for over a decade. ..

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The 34-year-old, who was ranked number one by St. Louis Bruce in the 2006 NHL Draft, was acquired by Colorado in a first-round pick in the forward Jay McClement and Defense trade. Kevin Schattenkirk, Forward Kristen Stewart and the second round pick on February 19, 2011. He has 329 points (88 goals, 241 assists) in 857 NHL games, including 238 points (68 goals, 170 assists) in 654 games against Colorado.

Johnson scored 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 20 Stanley Cup playoff games.He was working on an avalanche center Nathan McKinnon After the expiration date.

“I thought I opened my head on the ice.’I did it!’ It was just an uplifting feeling,” he said. “It was the best feeling I’ve ever had. I’m very proud of the support staff. Everyone sees us on the ice, but there are so many people who can do it for us. Oh, it’s amazing. I’m very grateful. “

Then Johnson handed over the cup and transferred it. Andrew Coriano, Acquired from San Jose Sharks on March 21st. This is the first time Coriano has won the cup. He played 1,140 NHL games in Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Sharks and Avalanche.

Coriano handed the cup to McKinnon. McKinnon was named number one by Avalanche in the 2013 NHL Draft and has played 638 games ever since.

“‘EJ’ has been here for a long time, but they decided I’d come next,” Coriano said. “Obviously it was good for them. I’ve been in the league for a long time. I feel that the title of champion will really resonate for a long time and for this team.

“I was happy to give it to Nate. We are good friends. He is a big reason I’m probably here first and I’m really happy to give it to him.”

Following McKinnon Jack Johnson, Nazem Kadori, Andre Brakovsky, Darcy Kaempfer, Mikko Lantanen, Darren Helm, Devon Toes, Valerie Nichushkin When Pavel Francauce..

Defense Jack Johnson signed with Colorado on October 10, 2021 as an unlimited free agent. This 35-year-old player played 1,024 NHL games at the Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jacket, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, and Avalanche. ..

“The last two minutes took forever, and suddenly I looked up and had 10 seconds left, and I realized the pack was over and was trying to kill it,” he said. “It’s a dream come true. You always try to imagine what this feeling will be, but you won’t know until it actually happens. It’s incredible.”

Kadori said he didn’t know where the cup day was, but said, “It’s going to be a pretty party.” The 31-year-old forward played 739 games against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Avalanche and scored an extended goal in Colorado with a 3-2 victory in Game 4 of the Cup final on Wednesday.

“The third period felt like two hours long,” Kadori said. “If you played with Reed, were in the dressing room, and understood that you were 20 minutes away from your dreams, it would have been easy for Phase 3 to be nervous, shy and timid, but we Came out. Aggressive, won the period, won the game. “

Next was defense Kale MackerWon the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and JT Confer, Josh Manson, Arturi Reconen, Nico Sturm, Samuel Girard (Injured in the second round of the Western Conference against St. Louis Blues), Logan O’Connor, Nicholas Orb Cubel, Ryan Murray, Curtis MacDermid, Bowen Byram, Alex New HookJason Menha, Justus Anunen, Coach Jared Bednar, General Manager Joe Sakic.

Bednar became the first coach to win the Kelly Cup (joining ECHL in South Carolina in 2008-09), the Calder Cup (at Lake Erie in the American Hockey League in 2015-16), and the Stanley Cup.

“I’ve been in the league for 15 years and there have been many ups and downs, but I’m surrounded by people who stick to it, believe in themselves, believe in themselves, and most importantly, their teammates. I’m very proud of that. My teammates. ” “They all did their job [tails] Off, the support staff we prepare to play, it’s great. “

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