Saturday, November 26, 2022

Avalanche Stanley Cup handoff goes from Landeskog to Eric Johnson

The avalanche defender said, “‘Gabe’ has been telling me over the years, ‘When we win this, you’re going to get it first. “If that doesn’t inspire you to do it, I don’t know what does. Just a super, humble gratifying feeling. I mean, it’s amazing.”

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

Avalanche won the cup for the first time since 2001.

With NHL Commissioner Gary Bateman not present due to testing positive for COVID-19, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly handed over the cup to Landeskog, who handed it to Johnson, who played for the Avalanche for more than a decade. Huh.

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1 pick by the St. Louis Blues in the 2006 NHL Draft, the 34-year-old was acquired by Colorado with forward Jay McClement and was a first-round pick in a trade for the defenseman. kevin chattenkirkForward Chris Stewart and 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 with Colorado.

Johnson had five points (one goal, four assists) in 20 Stanley Cup playoff games. He was confronted by the Avalanche Center Nathan McKinnon after the timeout.

“I thought I drilled my head on the ice. ‘We did it!’ It was just excitement,” Johnson said. “It was the best feeling ever. Proud of all our people, our support staff. Everyone sees us on the ice, but there’s actually a lot of people behind the scenes who make it happen for us who make us go out there and Allow me to do this. Oh, just wonderful. So grateful.”

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Johnson again handed the cup forward Andrew Cogliano, which was acquired from the San Jose Sharks on March 21. This is the first time Cogliano has won the cup; He has played 1,140 NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Sharks and Avalanche.

Cogliano handed the cup to McKinnon, the No. 1 pick by the Avalanche in the 2013 NHL Draft, who has played 638 games with him.

“‘EJ’s have been here for a long time, then they decided I was next,” Cogliano said. “Obviously, it was good for them. I’ve been in the league for a long time. I feel like the title of champion will really resonate with me and for this team for a long time.”

“I was glad I could give it to Nate. We’re good friends. He’s a big reason why I’m probably here in the first place, and I’m really happy to hand it to him.”

McKinnon followed jack johnson, nazem qadri, Andre Burakovsky, darcy kumper, mikko rentanen, Darren Helm, Devon Toes, Valery Nichushkin And pavel francouzzi,

Jack Johnson, a defender, signed with Colorado as an unrestricted free agent on October 10, 2021. The 35-year-old has played in 1,024 NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Avalanche. ,

“The last two minutes took forever and then all of a sudden, we look up and there were 10 seconds left and you realized the puck was at their end and we were going to hit it,” he said. “It’s like a dream come true. You always try to imagine what that feeling will be like, but you never know until it actually happens. It’s incredible.”

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Qadri said he wasn’t sure where his cup day would be, but added, “It’s going to be quite a party.” The 31-year-old forward has played 739 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Avalanche and scored an overtime goal for Colorado in their 3-2 win in Game 4 of the Cup Finals on Wednesday.

“That third period felt like it was two hours long,” Qadri said. “Playing with the lead, being in the dressing room, realizing that you’re 20 minutes away from your dream, it would have been easy for us to be tense and shy and timid in the third period, but we came out, we were aggressive, we The period was won and we won the game.”

Next was the defenseman Cale MakarWho won the Conn Smith Trophy as Stanley Cup Playoff Most Valuable Player JT Comper, Josh Manson, Arturi Lehkonen, nico sturmo, Samuel Girard (who was injured in the second round of the Western Conference against the St. Louis Blues), Logan O’Connor, Nicolas Aube-Kubelli, Ryan Murray, Kurtis McDermid, bowen byram, alex newhookJason Magna, Justus Anunen, Coach Jared Bednar and General Manager Joe Sakic.

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

“I’ve been in the league for 15 years, there were a lot of ups and downs, but just lived with it, believed in myself, surrounded myself with people who believed in me and most importantly, my teammates. I’m very proud of my teammates,” said Eric Johnson. “They all did their job [tails] Off, the support staff that prepares us to play, it’s amazing.”

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