Colorado Avalanche: Plan for Getting Nathan MacKinnon a Stanley Cup

ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 15: Nathan MacKinnon
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The Colorado Avalanche can win the Stanley Cup during Nathan MacKinnon’s career. They just need to keep to the plan.

I can’t get the image of Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog hoisting the Stanley Cup above his head. Yes, this post is about getting Nathan MacKinnon a Cup ring because he’s our superstar — and figures heavily in the equation. However, I literally fantasize about the joy on our captain’s face as he lifts the Stanley Cup.

Well, here in Avs Nation, we all want the same thing, and it’s exactly that — another Stanley Cup championship in Colorado. What’s more, we don’t want to be like the Toronto Maple Leafs or Edmonton Oilers, waiting decades for their glory to return. In fact, we all want it for the core we have now.

To that end, though MacKinnon himself is only 22 years old, I’d say the championship has to happen within the next decade. It’s not going to happen next year, and even in the next five years would be pushing it. However, I think the Colorado Avalanche could bring another championship to Colorado by the year 2028.

That’s why we remain sports fans, right? The eternal hope that next time, or at least soon, it might be our stars chugging beer through their jerseys or jumping drunkenly into a fountain. (There’s not really a proper fountain for Gabe and the crew to jump into here in Denver, but as my friend Jessi pointed out, there’s a water feature near Union Station for the boys to cavort in.)

Here’s what Landy might do:

And Nate will have to display his dance moves again:

Nathan MacKinnon going full Nate Dawg in hockey gear is life.

Anyway, here’s how we can get our Avs to the most epic of sports celebrations — winning the Stanley Cup.