“This is something you dream of”

The Avalanche won the Stanley Cup just five years after posting an NHL-low 48 points.

General manager Joe Sakic, the architect of Colorado’s championship rebuild, was proud in Tampa on Sunday night following a 2-1 victory over the Lightning to clinch the series in Game 6. His patience and decision-making the list paid off with a third title for the franchise.

Sakic lifted the Stanley Cup in the air just as he did as an Avalanche player in 1996 and 2001.

“This is something you dream about,” Sakic said. “I am very proud for the players, especially for the greatest that have existed. Our group, since last year, when we were arriving at the training camp, they were engaged. Nothing fazed them this year.

“They were prepared every day to improve. The coaches prepared them and all the players accepted. It’s a great group. A close group. They competed and wrestled with each other all year.”

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