BC’s Devon Toews and Colorado Avalanche win Stanley Cup – Sooke News Mirror

Devon Toews of Abbotsford is a Stanley Cup champion.

The Yale Hockey Academy product and his Colorado Avalanche teammates won the National Hockey League’s biggest prize Sunday, June 26, with a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The victory earned Colorado the series victory 4-2.

He is believed to be the second Abbotsford player to have his name engraved on the legendary trophy. Abbotsford’s Kyle Cumiskey won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015.

Toews is now a champion, but he’s also pulling out an iPad after promising to buy teammate and defensive partner Cale Makar a device if the phenom wins the Norris Trophy for top defender. Makar earned that honor at last week’s NHL Awards, then added to his trophy by winning the Conn Smythe Trophy for Most Valuable Player during the playoffs.

Makar had 29 points in 20 games, while Toews added 15. Toews told the media shortly after winning the Cup that he often noticed Makar watching Netflix on his cell phone and said the iPad would be a step up for a guy who likes to watch his shows.

“He’s sitting across from me on the plane and he’s watching on his tiny iPhone mini,” he said. “He loves his shows and I said if he wins the Norris I’ll improve you. He went and did that, I don’t know what he’s going to expect for the Conn Smythe.

The News spoke to Devon’s father, Werner, earlier this month, who said he was unsure of his son’s plans with the Cup should the Avalanche win it. Players usually get possession of the trophy to celebrate with friends and family for a few days, but Werner hinted his son could take the Cup to Quinnipiac University where he played college hockey.

Toews was acquired by Colorado in a 2020 trade with the New York Islanders for a pair of second-round picks.

The 28-year-old had his best offensive season this past season with 57 points in 66 games. He also had 31 points in 53 games with Colorado in 2020-21. He has already spent two seasons with the Islanders, recording 46 points in 116 games.

Toews played his minor hockey in Abbotsford and also played with the Fraser Valley Bruins, Yale Secondary Lions and Abbotsford Pilots. He adapted for the Surrey Eagles of the BC Hockey League, then earned a scholarship to Quinnipiac.

He was drafted by the Islanders in the fourth round, 108th overall in 2014 and also played two seasons for the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers before making his NHL debut on Dec. 23, 2018.

The Colorado team also has another Abbotsford connection with head coach Jared Bednar. He spent the 2009-10 season as an assistant coach with the Abbotsford Heat.

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