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Colorado Avalanche Veteran Shows Off Stanley Cup Trophy While On Fire Truck Ride Through Toronto

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Toronto native, and Colorado Avalanche forward, Andrew Cogliano took a ride of a peculiar variety last week. The 35-year-old Ontarian went on a trip with the Stanley Cup belted in beside him as he rode a fire truck in Vaughan.

He took the coveted trophy around the city to give the locals a chance to sneak a peek at the massive iconic prize, which he played a key part in securing the Avalanche back in June, with Colorado edging out the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. 

It was the Ball Arena team’s first Stanley Cup success in over 20 years, and if you are considering backing the Denver-based side in 2022-23, then you should visit colorado-betting.com to find the sportsbook likely to secure you the biggest payout. 

Cogliano was on the periphery of the Avalanche’s march to the finals, but he made a real impact when the business end of the tournament honed into view. 

The left-winger played a key role in Colorado’s win over the Edmonton Oilers, scoring the game-winning goals in the first game of the series and injured himself blocking a shot in game four, helping his side make it to the Stanley Cup Finals series against the Lightning.

Even though he had a broken finger, he still aided their victory over Tampa Bay and was rewarded with a new one-year contract in early July, worth $1.25 million. 

In the 2023 Stanley Cup betting, the Avalanche lead the way, a decent distance ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs, with the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Vegas Golden Knights a little way back in the rankings.

As is tradition, the Avalanche stars are very much enjoying spending their time with the Stanley Cup Finals trophy, and Cogliano’s teammate, 21-year-old defensive star Bowen Byram decided that it would be ideal for serving his french toast.

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He duly tucked into the breakfast, syrup included, served directly from the trophy, which may well be one of the most well-known sporting trophies in the entire world. 

Experienced left-winger Darren Helm took his time with the trophy in a more respectful fashion, posing with it and his family 14 years after he previously won it while with the Detroit Red Wings. Commenting on his second success, Helm stated:

“There’s a bit more respect to it now for sure. The first time, I was a bit naive. It was just my first year in the league; I came in and won. I didn’t have to have to put in my time or pay my dues. This time around now, I did that more.”

“It’s so much more special,” Helm’s wife, Devon, said of his second success.

“The first time you win, it is obviously amazing, but to have [the girls] and they’re old enough to understand it now and what’s going on. It’s a very hard trophy to win. Darren won it his first year, and you’re like, ‘Oh, great! What a great start!’ Then, you don’t know if you’ll ever get that chance again. Fourteen years later, we did. It’s pretty amazing.” 

Could Helm, Byram, and Cogliano retain the title in 2022-23 and get to spend even more time with the Stanley Cup Final trophy? 

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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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