The Avalanche won their third Stanley Cup in franchise history last night in Tampa in front of a capacity crowd of 19,092 at Amalie Arena. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly presented the Cup to Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog following the win against the Lightning "because Commissioner Gary Bettman was sidelined by the coronavirus." Bettman recently tested positive and was "unable to produce enough negative results to get back to the series in time." That left Daly to "give the traditional end-of-season speech and shake Landeskog’s hand before presenting the trophy." It marks the first time "someone other than Bettman handed out the Cup since he took over in 1993." A league spokesperson said that Bettman was "resting at home and feeling better" (AP, 6/26).
The Avs' championship celebration kicks off Thursday at 9:00am MT in Denver's Civic Center Park with "live music, Avs season highlight reels and a live video feed from the parade." The stage will be "on the top steps of the City and County Building at Civic Center Park." The victory parade will start at 10:00am and go from Union Station to Civic Center Park (DENVER POST, 6/26).
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