“Special things can happen” – The Denver Post


“Hard to describe what he means to our team, how special of a player he is, how special of a person he is. I’m not surprised by anything he does anymore because we’ve been seeing it for a couple years. Even now in the playoffs he’s elevated his game and helped push our team over the top.” —  Avs coach Jared Bednar on Cale Makar

“Disbelief. It’s crazy. I can’t wait to hug my family. It’s hard to describe. I didn’t really know what it was going to be like to actually win it. Just seeing all these warriors battle. It just feels unbelievable. Words can’t describe how I feel right now.” — Avs center Nathan MacKinnon

“That’s 20-plus years of just dreaming, wanting and working for it. It’s just finally coming to fruition after a lot of crazy years and then a lot of hard work. But this group is just amazing. All the way from the top to our third massage therapist, to the wives, to the fans and to everyone working in Ball Arena. It’s incredible.” — Avs captain Gabe Landeskog

“Yeah, we had the worst record (five years ago), but we had some really good young players that were just about to become stars. A great core. You just build around them. We got a little bit younger and faster. … They wanted to be a part of it. Like (Nathan) MacKinnon, (Gabe) Landeskog, Erik Johnson, they didn’t want to leave, they wanted to be a part of that.” — Avs general manager Joe Sakic

“I came to Denver 12 years ago. We were dead last in the league. We became dead last again four years after that. Five years ago, dead last. It’s just about believing in yourself and surrounding yourself with people that believe in you. Special things can happen.” — Avs defenseman Eric Johnson


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