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Nicolas Aubé-Kubel marches with the Stanley Cup in Sorel

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SOREL | There is a magnetic effect with the Stanley Cup. An eight-year-old boy with a Colorado Avalanche jersey on his back immediately smiles at the sight of the big trophy. But the phenomenon remains the same for the 82-year-old grandmother who wears a glamorous pink blouse.

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Nicolas Aubé-Kubel delighted the inhabitants of Sorel-Tracy in the heart of a parade at the intersection of King and Charlotte streets, Saturday after noon.


The immense joy that emanated from the face of the Avalanche right wing made us forget in a fraction of a second the closure of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel and the endless wait to take the ferry that connects Saint-Ignace-De- Loyola in Sorel-Tracy.

“In the last week it has been just strong emotions,” said Aubé-Kubel. The parade in Denver was incredible. It’s fun here because it’s just my world, Sorel’s world. It is special. “


Nicolas Aubé-Kubel said he was impressed to see the welcome given by the Sorelois during the Stanley Cup parade downtown on Saturday.

Photo Martin Alarie

Nicolas Aubé-Kubel said he was impressed to see the welcome given by the Sorelois during the Stanley Cup parade downtown on Saturday.

Aubé-Kubel gets excited when he talks about his hometown.

“I have so many friends in Sorel. I am really a local boy. I knew there would be many people to encourage me, but so many? I did not know. It is really cool. In the middle of the day, that there are so many people, I really find it cold. “


“I just want to make sure I celebrate with everyone who has been with me since the beginning. It is really important to me. I was born here, I grew up here. The community is amazing. We have a parade planned in less than a week. After that we do a parade. Great party. The Sorel community is really strong, I love it. I’ll spend three hours with her. I appreciate that moment. I do it because I like it. “

Humble and authentic

Alex-Anne Aubé-Kubel, one of the Stanley Cup winner’s two sisters, is beaming as she watches her brother step off the small stage to shake hands and take pictures.

“I’m happy to see how humble he is,” he said. We are always afraid, when you are a member of our family, that you will change in such situations. He is still my little brother, the super simple, super grateful Nico. He is a guy who loves his city of him. Sorel is precious to him. I’m glad he keeps it.


Parade Security members posed with Sorel's treasure and the Stanley Cup.

Photo Martin Alarie

Parade Security members posed with Sorel’s treasure and the Stanley Cup.

son first

Installed at the bottom of the platform where the presentations were held, Annie Aubé breathed better. No, she wasn’t afraid to see her son drop the big trophy again like she did on the ice at the Amalie Arena before the team photo. She was just relieved to see that the day had been a resounding success.

“I would say that my great fear has just passed. Since the show was taking place at our house in Sorel, she stressed me out. Now I can enjoy it more. The stress just went away. ”


The interim mayor of Sorel-Tracy, Martin Lajeunesse, invited the young champion to sign the Golden Book of the municipality.

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The interim mayor of Sorel-Tracy, Martin Lajeunesse, invited the young champion to sign the Golden Book of the municipality.

“I am a Soreloise at heart. You also saw it with my boyfriend, he’s proud of the city of him, Sorel. It is our heart that is here. I’ve been away in Alberta for a long time, but I’m back. And I know my boyfriend will be back one day too. That’s how it is when you are a Sorelois. Seeing everyone, I get excited. It’s just wow! ”

A teacher at the Yamaska ​​Integrated School, Ms. Aubé faced a heartbreaking choice in the final days of the final.

“I didn’t finish my school year, I left before the end of the lessons. I had never spent my last day without my students. I’ve been replaced. My heart was torn. From my students and my son, I have chosen my son. The last five minutes of Race 6 were the longest five minutes of my life. I was wondering if it had to end. I forgot to breathe. When finished, the stress subsided. I looked at my boyfriend and told him we had won the cup. “

And today, this same cup was found on the streets of their hometown, Sorel-Tracy.


Many of them walked with Nicolas Aubé-Kubel in the heart of Sorel-Tracy.

Photo Martin Alarie

Many of them walked with Nicolas Aubé-Kubel in the heart of Sorel-Tracy.

From Fleury to Aubé-Kubel

SOREL | For a city of just over 30,000, Sorel-Tracy has produced several Stanley Cup winners. Nicolas Aubé-Kubel wasn’t the first to drink champagne or beer with tomato juice in the finest of NHL trophies..

Before him was Marc-André Fleury who won it three times with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, 2016 and 2017. François Beauchemin felt the same feeling when he won in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks. And if we go back to the Montreal Canadiens dynasty of the 70s, Pierre Mondou has engraved his name three times on the cup (1977, 1978 and 1979).


Pierre Mondou, who engraved his name on the prestigious trophy in 1977-1978 and 1979, was delighted to lift the Lord Stanley trophy with Nicolas Aubé-Kubel.

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Pierre Mondou, who engraved his name on the prestigious trophy in 1977-1978 and 1979, was delighted to lift the Lord Stanley trophy with Nicolas Aubé-Kubel.

Mondou was also present for the parade through the streets of this pretty town that runs along the San Lorenzo River. Fleury wanted to attend but hasn’t been able to since he was invited to a wedding. In Beauchemin’s case, he had to show up at the party at the end of the evening.

“Marc-André Fleury, it was my first save, said Aubé-Kubel. I remember thinking to myself: Crime, it would be fun to win the Stanley Cup [pour l’amener] in Sorel. It is always more fun. My day is great. “

Aubé-Kubel was only 13 when Fleury made his magical save in the closing seconds of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Nicklas Lidstrom and the Detroit Red Wings.

A turbulent year


In front of his citizens of Sorel-Tracy, Nicolas Aubé-Kubel sowed delirium by raising the Stanley Cup

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In front of his citizens of Sorel-Tracy, Nicolas Aubé-Kubel sowed delirium by raising the Stanley Cup

In terms of hockey, Aubé-Kubel will never forget this 2021-2022 season. And not just for the perfect ending with the Avalanche. In November, the Philadelphia Flyers resigned on him as a waiver. But Joe Sakic and Avalanche gave him a new life. “I realize I’ve just had a great year. I am so happy. From the moment I was claimed by the Avalanche, only good things have happened to me. Simply good. “

When he found himself giving up, Aubé-Kubel kept his feelings to himself.

“Nico is a secret kid for things like this,” said his mom, Annie. She didn’t want to stress me out. He was hiding his stress from him since he knows I’m an anxious person. He didn’t tell me until it’s over. She called me to say, “Mom, I’m going to Denver.” I was happy. In life, there is nothing that happens at all. ”

In the playoffs, Aubé-Kubel took part in 14 of Avalanche’s 20 games. The right fielder didn’t write his name on the scoresheet, but played his part in energizing his team with 49 shots.

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