The Colorado Avalanche won their third Stanley Cup in franchise history and their first in 21 years on Sunday night, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1.
According to Sports Spectrum, the Avalanche previously lost four postseason games while winning all four of their road series. The squad is also the first to win four series with comeback victories in a single season, preventing the Tampa Bay Lightning from capturing their third consecutive title, a feat not accomplished since the New York Islanders in 1980-83.
“It’s all about sharing it with people you care about,” Avalanche star center Nathan McKinnon said after the game. “This isn’t actually about me.
“It’s not really about me. It’s about sharing it with my teammates and my family. It means everything.”
Defenseman Josh Manson, who joined the Anaheim Ducks in a trade in March of this year, has been a valuable asset to his team this season. Manson had three goals and five assists in Colorado’s 20 postseason games. In addition, he had seven points in 22 regular-season games.
Manson scored the game-winning goal in Game 1 of the Avalanche’s second-round series against the St. Louis Blues. In the Western Conference Finals, he scored his second career postseason goal, and he also scored in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Following Mackinnon’s game-tying point in the second period, Manson assisted MacKinnon and fellow trade-deadline addition Artturi Lehkonen in the game-winning goal on Sunday night.
Manson, 30, is a devout Christian who didn’t give his life to Christ until his mother was afflicted with Stage 4 cancer when he was in college.
At the time, he swore to commit his life to God if his mother was cured of cancer, which she was after four treatments with an experimental medicine.
“It was a miracle, and God accomplished it,” he said in a “Best Day Ever” video posted earlier this month to Sports Spectrum. “There’s no other way to put it.” And I didn’t keep a vow I made to God months ago when I found out she had terminal cancer.”
After meeting the lady who would become his wife, Manson remembered his pledge to God.
“I knew she was destined to be my wife the instant I met her,” he explained. “On our second date, she informed me she was a Christian and believed in God, and that I would have to accompany her to church, and that what I did with it from there would be up to me.”
But I remembered the promise that I made to God.”
Manson gave his life to Christ after reading the book More Than a Carpenter by Sean and Josh McDowell.
Manson’s faith has continued to grow during his eight seasons in the NHL. In a piece for The Increase last December, he addressed what it’s like to be a Christian professional hockey player and how his perspective changed after his first child was born.
“When I held my baby for the first time, I thought, ‘Wow, this is how Jesus loves me,'” he wrote. “If my child ever walked away from me and distanced herself, that would make me so incredibly sad. I would want to bring her closer to me. That realization really brought things into perspective for me because I know my Heavenly Father feels the same way about me.”