This was a personal choice of mine, as this Final was a great memory of my youth.
Raymond Bourque spent his entire career with the Boston Bruins before getting traded to the Avalanche in 2000 in hopes of closing out his career with a Stanley Cup.
He got his wish.
In 2001, Bourque achieved his 22-year journey to the Stanley Cup, but it did not come easily. The Avs faced off against the defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils.
Colorado got off to a fast start, blowing out the Devils 5-0 in Game 1. Games 2, 3, 4 and 5 saw the Devils come within one game of repeating as Cup champs for the first time since Detroit did it in 1997 and 1998.
It was not meant to be.
Destiny was on the side of Colorado.
The Avs came away with a 4-0 blowout in Game 6 to send this series to Game 7.
In that deciding game, Colorado's Alex Tanguay had a big game, scoring two goals, including the Cup clincher in the second period. With it, he helped a legend realize his dream, as the Avs won Game 7 by a score of 3-1. Highlights of that game are featured in the video for this slide.
Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy would win his third Conn Smythe Trophy, the only player to do so, and captain Joe Sakic handed the Cup to Bourque.
The call in the dying seconds of the game still sends shivers down my spine, growing up a Ray Bourque fan. That statement echoed when he finally lifted "hockey's holy grail" over his head.
"The Colorado Avalanche have won the Stanley Cup! Raymond Bourque, a dream has come true!"