Colorado Avalanche

Sakic Retiring Brings Fond '01 SCF Memory To Mind

Cindy BowlingContributor IJuly 8, 2009

Reading about Joe Sakic retiring brought back a very fond memory of watching game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in 2001.  I was in Boston on business and had the pleasure of watching the game at a sports bar packed with Bruins fans.  Most all of them were rooting for the Avalanche because former Bruin Ray Bourque was trying to win his first Stanley Cup.  Colorado beat New Jersey 3-1. 

 I will never forget team captain Sakic accepting the trophy but handing it Bourque to hoist it and skate it around the rink.  Such class and unselfishness is rare.  He knew Bourque had been waiting 22 years for a taste of winning the cup.  I don't know if there is another SCF in history where the captain gave the cup to another player to hoist first.  I think in this case I was in the best possible place to watch the game other than being there in person. 

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