The Stanley Cup visits Petawawa with Shawn Allard

Coach Shawn Allard, winner of the cup last June with the Colorado Avalanche, brought the precious trophy to the community that saw him grow up. He first spent the afternoon at his childhood home with nearly 70 family members and friends.

It’s an incredible feeling. I’m so excited to share this with my family and bring the cup here. You know, this is my birthplace. We had so many good memories herelaunched the player skills specialist, as parents and friends paraded to have their photo taken with the holy grail of hockey. We played hockey in the street in front with this superb view of the Ottawa River, it’s huge, it’s incredible.

Shawn Allard gave the experience to children in his family, including his nephew Justin Jr, while the cup is filled with root beer.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Jonathan Jobin

Nearly 1,000 people then marched into the city’s arena in the evening to meet him and celebrate with Allard.

I wanted to thank the community. It’s a small town and I wanted to give back to it. I believe this is the first time the cup has come to Petawawa. The support is amazing. We had to throw a big party. »

A quote from Shawn Allard, Skills Coach, Colorado Avalanche

The hockey fans of the small municipality were delighted to have the opportunity to touch the trophy and live this experience in their city.

He is a person who grew up here, who played hockey here, and that contributes to the community. It’s not every day that you get the chance to see the Stanley Cup!told Dominic Lavoie who came to have his picture taken with his wife and two children.

It’s being together, with everyone who loves hockey. It’s special, the small town of Petawawa, it’s not muchsaid Sarah Nault, who brought her two children, including a young baby.

Fans take a photo with a coach and the Stanley Cup.

Shawn Allard took hundreds of photos as nearly 1,000 fans met him at the Civic Center in Petawawa.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Jonathan Jobin

Living the Dream in Colorado

Shawn Allard joined the Colorado Avalanche in 2018 as a consultant, before taking on the role of skills coach.

With a squad packed with talent like the 2022 roster, he jokes that his job was easy. Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Cale Makar, c’est fantastique. C’est moi qui apprends le plus”,”text”:”Diriger des stars comme ça chaque jour, des joueurs comme Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Cale Makar, c’est fantastique. C’est moi qui apprends le plus”}}”>Managing stars like that every day, players like Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Cale Makar, it’s fantastic. I’m the one who learns the mostpointed out Allard.

Shawn Allard lifts the Stanley Cup.

Shawn Allard joined the Colorado Avalanche in 2018 (files).

Photo: Associated Press/John Bazemore

The coach knew that the team was strong and talented, but he really realized that this would be the year of the Avalanche after the elimination of the Predatorsin just four parts.

We thought St. Louis might give us trouble, but we beat them at home. We won every away seriesrecalled Allard. It shows our character. Even though the team was young, they did a great job to win.

Joe Sakic de m’avoir fait confiance. J’ai développé une belle relation individuelle avec les gars. J’essaie d’amener quelque chose de différent chaque jour sur la patinoire. J’espère qu’on aura l’occasion d’aller en chercher une autre [coupe]”,”text”:”Je remercie tellement Joe Sakic de m’avoir fait confiance. J’ai développé une belle relation individuelle avec les gars. J’essaie d’amener quelque chose de différent chaque jour sur la patinoire. J’espère qu’on aura l’occasion d’aller en chercher une autre [coupe]”}}”>I thank you so much Joe Sakic for trusting me. I developed a nice one-on-one relationship with the guys. I try to bring something different to the rink every day. I hope we will have the opportunity to go and get another one [coupe]added the 47-year-old hockey man.

People pose with the Stanley Cup.

Family and friends of Shawn Allard were able to spend part of the afternoon with the Stanley Cup in Petawawa.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Jonathan Jobin

The least we can say is that he now passes on his passion to his family. He has four children with his wife Andrea, and they all play hockey at elite levels.

owen aligns with Sault Ste-Marie in the OH, while Tristan (a former Gatineau Olympiques player) now plays for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Sutton works at Perfect skating (a hockey school founded by her father) and her daughter Ashley just got a scholarship to play at the University of Connecticut.

The Stanley Cup will continue on its way to Sensplex from the Kanata area of ​​Ottawa on Wednesday morning.

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