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2001 Stanley Cup Final
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
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 Final NHL championship series was contested by the defending champion New Jersey Devils and the Colorado Avalanche making the franchise's second Stanley Cup Final appearance, and first since the team won the 1996 Final. The Avalanche won the series in seven games, claiming their second Stanley Cup championship. This marked the only Stanley Cup championship for Avalanche defenseman Ray Bourque, who retired following the series. This was also the second consecutive Final series of teams that had relocated. This was the first Stanley Cup Finals since 1994 that would go seven. This is also the first and, as of May 2010, most recent Finals since 1989 that the top seed in each conference have met.


Paths to the final

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.

The series

This is 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 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 defending champions lost in the finals, as the Devils themselves defeated the 1999 champions Dallas Stars the year before.

Colorado Avalanche 2001 Stanley Cup champions




  • E. Stanley Kroenke (owner/governor/chairman), Pierre Lacroix (president/general manager), Bob Hartley (head coach)
  • Jacques Cloutier (goaltending coach), Bryan Trottier (ass’t coach), Paul Fixter (video coach), Francois Giguere (ass’t general manager)
  • Jean Martineau (vice president), Pat Karns (athletic therapist), Matthew Sokolowski (ass’t athletic therapist)
  • Wayne Flemming (equipment manager), Mark Miller (equipment manager), Dave Randolph (ass’t equipment manager)
  • Paul Goldberg (strength-conditioning coach), Gregorio Pradera (massage therapist), Brad Smith (pro scout)
  • Jim Hammett (chief scout), Garth Joy, Steve Lyons (scouts)
  • Joni Lehto, Orval Tessier (scouts), 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 (at least 40 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


  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1–55168–261.  

External links

Preceded by
New Jersey Devils
Colorado Avalanche
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Detroit Red Wings


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