TAMPA, Fla. – Avalanche forward Logan O’Connor further wrote his name in Colorado hockey history by becoming the 33rd player of all time to win an NCAA national championship and a Stanley Cup.
O’Connor, 25, helped the University of Denver win the 2017 NCAA title in Chicago and won the Stanley Cup with the Avs on Sunday after beating Tampa Bay 2-1 in the finals at the Amalie Arena.
“It hasn’t arrived yet,” O’Connor said of winning both titles within five years. “I don’t know when that will be. It’s great to just share this with friends, family and all the boys. It is a dream come true for everyone.”
O’Connor is only the second former Pioneer to go on and win the Stanley Cup. John MacMillan won NCAA titles with DU in 1958 and 1960 before winning the Stanley Cup with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1962 and 1963. MacMillan is the uncle of current DU assistant coach Tavis MacMillan, for whom O’Connor played in Denver in 2015–17.
O’Connor said that the 2017 Pioneers and the 2022 Avalanche have similar qualities.
“The same intangible values of the championship have to flow within the team,” he said. “Honestly, when these playoffs started, I knew right away that this team was similar to the DU boys, I felt. A boast. A constant relentlessness to perform and execute at a high level.
“And frankly, good people in all organizations. That’s the biggest thing. YOU had great people, we have great people here. You want to go to war a little harder when you have good people in your corner.”
O’Connor also won a national title in North America’s first junior A-loop (20-under), the United States Hockey League. He helped the Sioux Falls Stampede at the 2015 Clark Cup.
O’Connor is the first former DU player to win the Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues since Tyler Bozak in 2019. And O’Connor extends DU’s winning streak of letting a former Pioneer win the Stanley Cup for a fourth straight year.
Lightning assistant coach Derek Lalonde, DU assistant under George Gwozdecky from 2006-2011, won the trophy with Tampa Bay in 2020 and 2021.
Minutes after taking Sunday’s team photo after the game, O’Connor was celebrating with family and friends with the trophy off the ice – many of the same people who were with him in Chicago in 2017. The group included his father, Myles O’Connor, who had a nine-year professional career that spanned 43 NHL games.
“They deserve this as much as I do and they help me get to this point,” Logan said of his family. “Every guy is the same – having the village puts everyone on that level. So it’s pretty cool.”