Sunday night, we watched our beloved Avalanche Hockey team win the coveted Stanley Cup We Want The Cup! It has been 21 long years since Lord Stanley last resided here in Colorado. But he is home once again.
Today, there was a huge outpouring of love for the Avalanche from the City of Denver. Today, all of Denver was celebrating the team with Avalanche Day. It started off with a big parade, and ended up at Civic Center Park with speeches and Big Head Todd And The Monsters, a local Colorado band, playing a few songs for them, as well as a massive celebration for our beloved team. The Av’s winning the Cup is the biggest thing we have had since we last won the Super Bowl about 8 years ago, which was actually on my birthday too, but I digress. Denver and Colorado in general, loves its sports. Our professional athletes are our local heroes. 🙂 There were 100’s of 1000’s of people in attendance. And of course, we were there too. I say it was close to 1 million people. Larry doesn’t think it was that many. You decide. This was a screen shot on the big Jumbotron, and this was just at Civic Center Park, where we were.
All the police and fire trucks were out, helping the celebration too. The team AND the Cup came in on top of fire trucks. The adoring fans are cheering on the team as the drive by.
The Capital Building
We got there about 8:30 AM. It was already very hot and very crowded at that point, but we camped out under the shade of a beautiful, large tree, so it wasn’t to bad. The crowd just kept growing throughout the day, and we kept getting tighter and tighter, but we actually had a little bit of much appreciated rain and some cooler temperatures as they day progressed, which helped out tremendously. After waiting and standing for hours, at last, our beloved Avalanche arrived. The crowd erupted in cheer!
Unfortunately, we were still pretty far back, and people just kept crowding in all day, so our pictures are grainy and are from quite a distance from the stage. But I cleaned them up as best as I could. For the most part, I think they came out pretty good. We took a ton of pictures, so needless to say, I am not going to show you all of them. But I will give you a good sampling.
Here the team is showing off the Con Smythe award, which one of our star players, Cale Makar, won as well.
Coach Jared Bednar, in the gray, with Captain Gabe Landeskog, with the Swedish flag draped over his shoulders, and Erik Johnson or EJ at his side, with his champagne bottle in hand, proudly admiring the beloved and coveted Stanley Cup. We learned today this is the hardest trophy to win in sports, and this year, our Boys did it! They brought it home after a very long drought.
The team and both awards.
Ladies, this is the Viking God himself, looking mighty fine indeed, Captain Gabriel Landeskog. This picture right here, was worth all the waiting and standing around in the heat and the crowds. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Once the speeches were finished, the confetti and fireworks began. I can only say I hope we did our Boys in burgundy and blue as proud as they did Denver. Yes, We ARE the Champions!
Let’s Go Avalanche! They found a way! They brought home the Cup!