DENVER | Ed Litzenberger, Ab McDonald and Eddie Gerard. If you’ve never read about these three former hockey players, we forgive you. They have not marked the imagination. But they share one thing in common. All three have won the Stanley Cup four times in a row with more than one team.
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Patrick Maroon, great winger of the Tampa Bay Lightning, could add his name to this list. A Stanley Cup winner with the St. Louis Blues in 2019, Maroon has experienced the same joy over the past two seasons with the Lightning.
Across from the Colorado Avalanche, he is now on his way for a fourth coronation.
“Just to win once, I thought it was crazy,” Maroon said on Wednesday’s media day at the Ball Arena. I probably can’t find the right words to express it. But I often come back to one word: madness. When I finish my career, I will probably understand better what is going on. So far, it’s happening so fast.
“Last summer I went home to St. Louis for just six weeks. I’ve never had too much time to think about it. When you win, you have no rest. I didn’t have time to dip my toe in the pool and reflect on my past seasons. I can’t believe I’ve just finished an 82-game season, played three rounds in the playoffs, and found myself once again in a Stanley Cup final. I often have to pinch myself. “
One two Three
At 34, Maroon finds himself on the wing alongside two other Lightning veterans, Pierre-Édouard Bellemare and Corey Perry. The three have a reputation for acting as good leaders. While Perry once served as an offensive engine for the Anaheim Ducks, Maroon has never had that role in the NHL.
“To me, a Stanley Cup win seemed unreal,” replied the 6-foot-3, 238-pound winger with a big smile. Now I have won three times. I always say that. There are players who will play twelve years in the NHL and who will never have the opportunity to participate in a final or federation final. It is a very difficult trophy to win. “
“My first chance was to win the cup with my hometown team, the St. Louis Blues. Except, I found it magical. Three years later, I could win the Stanley Cup for the fourth time in a row. It’s crazy. “
A love for St. Louis
Motivations are never lacking in the final. But for the Maroons, just standing up against the Colorado Avalanche is like adding fuel to the fire. And it has nothing to do with hockey.
“I was a fan of the Rams in the NFL, but not anymore,” said the American. Stan Kroenke is the owner of the Avalanche, but also of the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL. He’s the one who moved my team to Los Angeles. Just knowing that I will play against his team in the final, I have even more motivation. “
“When I was young, my dad had an annual membership with the Rams, he chained. We had four family tickets. In 1999, my dad was in Atlanta when the St. Louis Rams won the Super Bowl. I know the team has been struggling for the past few years, but the city of St. Louis has some very strong fans. I had a feeling Kroenke wasn’t trying to build a winning team, he was just trying to leave for Los Angeles. He hurts. The city of St. Louis deserves to have an NFL team. It has been twice in recent history that we have lost our team. “
►Before the Rams (from 1995 to 2015), there were the St. Louis Cardinals from 1960 to 1987 in the NFL.