Why the Colorado Avalanche’s Stanley Cup win means so much to Denver

“Find a way.” That’s what the Colorado Avalanche said throughout the playoffs.

What you should know: The Avalanche won the Stanley Cup – the greatest trophy in professional sports – with a 2-1 away win over the two-time champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

  • In a game of lucky and hapless jumps, they made us sweat and made it to Game 6.
  • Nevertheless, Mac gave full throttle. Artturi fired like an assassin. Landy was the rock. Kuemper has redeemed himself. And Baby Cale blinded and defended.
  • One dynasty fell to the next.

The big picture: The Avalanche hadn’t won a cup in more than 20 years, the last two coming in 2001 and 1996.

Why it matters: Just when we needed it most, the Avs delivered for Denver, a proud, sports-loving city that’s been experiencing a major championship drought since the Broncos won the Super Bowl in 2015.

BFD: Three ice hockey titles on three levels in one year for one city.

What’s more: The city flocked to Avs like never before.

In this week, However, the streets were bathed in burgundy and blue. The team’s signature colors even splashed out DIA flight boards to greet travelers.

  • Thousands and thousands watched in the ball arena.

What you say: In 2021, the Avs won the Presidents’ Trophy for best NHL record and seemed destined for a title, but fizzled out in the round of 16.

So this one means a lot.

  • “It’s been almost 10 years since Denver had a championship and 20 years since the Avs won,” fan Brian Henry said while heading to a game.
  • “So everyone wants something that brings us together.”

The bottom line: Nothing good comes easy, but this win is one we can all enjoy after a few not-so-good years.

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