2001 Stanley Cup Finals

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2001 Stanley Cup Finals
2001 Stanley Cup Logo.svg
Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Games
Colorado Avalanche  5 1 3 2 1 4 3 4
New Jersey Devils  0 2 1 3 4 0 1 3
Location: Denver, CO (Pepsi Center) (1,2,5,7)
East Rutherford, NJ (Continental Airlines Arena) (3,4,6)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: Colorado: Bob Hartley
New Jersey: Larry Robinson
Captains: Colorado: Joe Sakic
New Jersey: Scott Stevens
National anthem: Colorado: Jake Schroeder
New Jersey: Arlette
Referees: Dan Marouelli (1,3,6,7)
Paul Devorski (1,4)
Bill McCreary (2,4,6)
Rob Shick (2,5)
Kerry Fraser (3,5,7)
Dates: May 26, 2001 to June 9, 2001
MVP: Patrick Roy (Colorado)
Alex Tanguay (4:57, second, G7)
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The 2001 Stanley Cup Finals was the NHL championship series of the 2001 Stanley Cup Playoffs contested between the Eastern Conference champion and defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils and the Western Conference champion Colorado Avalanche. It was Colorado's second appearance in the Final, and the first since the team won the Cup in 1996. It was New Jersey's third appearance in the Final and second straight appearance after winning the Cup in the 2000 Final. Colorado defeated New Jersey in seven games to win their second Stanley Cup in franchise history. Colorado's Patrick Roy would win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the 2001 Playoffs. This was the first Stanley Cup Final since 1994 that would be decided in the maximum seven games. This was also the first and, as of 2014, most recent Finals since 1989 that the number one seeds in each conference met.

Road to the Finals[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2001 Stanley Cup playoffs.

New Jersey defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4–2, the Toronto Maple Leafs 4–3 and the Pittsburgh Penguins 4–1 to advance to the Finals.

Colorado defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4–0, the Los Angeles Kings 4–3 and the St. Louis Blues 4–1 to advance to the Finals.

The series[edit]

This was the second straight Final that featured two relocated NHL teams and the first ever Final that featured two teams playing in a city that was the previous home of one team and the present home of another. The Colorado Rockies were formerly based in Denver and were relocated to East Rutherford and renamed the New Jersey Devils prior to the 1982–83 season. The Quebec Nordiques were relocated to Denver and renamed the Colorado Avalanche prior to the 1995–96 season.

Colorado wins series 4–3 and Stanley Cup
Patrick Roy (Colorado) wins Conn Smythe Trophy

The Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup made this the second straight year that the defending champions lost in the Finals, as the Devils themselves defeated the 1999 Cup champion Dallas Stars the year before. This was the first and only Stanley Cup championship for defenceman Ray Bourque who, after being traded from the Boston Bruins to Colorado in 2000, retired from the NHL after the Avalanche's 2001 Cup win.

Series quotes[edit]

And after 22 years... RAYMOND BOURQUE!

Gary Thorne, calling Joe Sakic's handing of the Cup to Ray Bourque.[1]

Colorado Avalanche - 2001 Stanley Cup champions[edit]



  Coaching and administrative staff
  • E. Stanley Kroenke (Owner/Governor/Chairman), Pierre Lacroix (President/General Manager), Bob Hartley (Head Coach)
  • Jacques Cloutier (Goaltending Coach), Bryan Trottier (Asst. Coach), Paul Fixter (Video Coach)
  • Francois Giguere (Vice President of Hockey Operations), Brian MacDonald (Asst. General Manager), Michel Goulet (Vice President of Player Personnel)
  • Jean Martineau (Vice President-Communications & Team Service), Pat Karns (Athletic Therapist), Matthew Sokolowski (Asst. Athletic Therapist)
  • Wayne Flemming (Equipment Manager), Mark Miller (Equipment Manager), Dave Randolph (Asst. Equipment Manager)
  • Paul Goldberg (Strength-Conditioning Coach), Gregorio Pradera (Massage Therapist), Brad Smith (Pro Scout)
  • Jim Hammett (Chief Scout), Garth Joy (Scout), Steve Lyons (Scout),
  • Joni Lehto (Scout), Orval Tessier (Scout), Charlotte Grahame (Director of Hockey Operations).

Stanley Cup engraving

† Bryan Muir was called up from the minors mid-season. He played 8 regular-season games (also played 10 games for Tampa Bay), and 3 playoff games. Colorado was given permission to include Muir's name even though he did not officially qualify (played at least 1/2 the regular season games played or one Stanley Cup Finals game).
^ Six players also won the Stanley Cup with Colorado in 1996 - Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Jon Klemm, Stephane Yelle, Patrick Roy, and Adam Foote.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ History Will Be Made - Ray Bourque. The official NHL channel on YouTube. March 31, 2010. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7. 

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Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
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