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Deer Park celebrates Stanley Cup

Win with Parade and Rally

April 25th, 2016

Jonathan Quick kissed and hoisted the Stanley Cup as he was introduced toward the end of the latest raucous rally honoring the Deer Park Chiefs. Then the goaltender headed toward the back of the stage. The roaring crowd wanted more and, as usual, he delivered.

“We all know this is amazing to be able to hoist this thing,” a hoarse Quick said. “But to share this with you guys, the best fans in the world — it doesn’t get any better than this.”

He thanked the crowd and added: “Maybe the only way it does get better is if we win another.”

Tens of thousands of fans turned out on a sunny, warm Monday to cheer their beloved Chiefs as they celebrated their first AFHL Stanley Cup championship with a downtown parade and a rally in Deer Park.

Forward Mats Zuccarello told the fans “you guys made this unbelievable.”

The Chiefs captured the 2016 Stanley Cup with a 6-5 victory over the Victoria Vipers. It was the first time Deer Park has won the Cup in the seven years of AFHL existence and the Chiefs haven’t stopped celebrating since.

Players, coaches and team executives rode to the rally in double-decker buses, passing screaming fans of all ages decked out in blue and black. “Let’s go Chiefs!” chants rang throughout downtown.

The crowd roared a few minutes into the rally when Chiefs GM Mike Nellany leaned in to the microphone, asked “What’s up, Deer Park?” and invited out Jonathan Quick, who walked onto the stage holding the Cup above his arms.

He had them cheering moments later, when he said: “Today as we celebrate the first Stanley Cup in seven seasons, and I wanted to reiterate that our goal will always be to reward your allegiance to the Deer Park Chiefs.”

The Chiefs let Quick speak, too. His comments were PG-rated compared to the colorful speech the usually goaltender gave at rallys in the past, although he did start this one with a word not fit for print or the airwaves.

Toward the end of the festivities, Chris Kreider and Tanner Pearson grabbed the microphone and started singing the lyrics to Macklemore’s “And We Danced.” They asked the crowd to sing and dance along with the team as confetti fell.

It was quite a celebration.

 

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Comox Valley GM Pat McKenna
April 26th, 2016 at 1:14 am

Great write up but I’m not sure what Tanner Pearson was doing there. lol getting ready for a night out of partying with his old buddies I guess

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Great celebration awesome. To funny pat, yeah he was still a little connected to the Chiefs.. Can’t wait for the new season as I am sure everyone else is. I really enjoy the games and the level of competitiveness everyone has on here. Have q great summer everyone and thanks again for the fun times. See ya in October

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Deer Park Chiefs win the

2016 AFHL Stanley Cup!!

April 12th, 2016

The Deer Park Chiefs defeated the Victoria Vipers by a final score of 6.5 – 5.5 to capture their first Stanley Cup in 7 years of competition.

There was a moment in the pause before the Stanley Cup arrived on the ice when Deer Park Chiefs Coach Mike Nellany looked up to the roaring, raucous crowd, and started applauding.

Cameras followed him, showing him on the scoreboard.

“Unbelievable,” Nellany said with his arms raised, hands clapping. “Unbelievable.”

The 22,424 standing, hugging, cheering, selfie-taking, blue-clad and relieved fans applauded back at their coach, loudly. Nellany smiled and pumped his fists.

“I was just trying to absorb every moment, and I’m still trying to do it,” Nellany said on the ice, long after he lifted the Stanley Cup for the first time in seven seasons. “It doesn’t feel real. Even in the dying minutes, I can’t really remember anything that happened to be honest with you. It was a dream, start to finish.

“This is pretty awesome.”

This year’s Stanley Cup Finals was a thrilling affair with little separating the two teams. It came down to a Game 7 as the Chiefs and Vipers combined for one of the most tightly-contested championship series the AFHL’s seen in a long time.

Perhaps that’s why it took a special performance from a special player to decide it.

Jonathan Quick, the Conn Smythe winner as playoff MVP, was outstanding during the entire playoffs. In the Finals, he stopped 68 shots and posted a 2.27 GAA.

“It was by far our hardest series,” Quick said. “You saw how close the games were every time. A few nights obviously could have gone both ways, especially the final game it was so intense.”

It appeared that nobody who entered the building with a coveted and expensive ticket on Sunday sat down for the final 5:14.

There was no more tension, not with a lead. There was only a celebration with chants of “We want the Cup”.

The fans sang along, “You gotta fight, for your right, to party” as the D.J. played the Beastie Boys’ classic. The shots were 32-19 in favor of the Chiefs at this time. The score was 6.5 – 5.5. Masterful.

“Everybody was standing up,” forward Brad Marchand said. “What a moment.”

They were hugging each other, holding each other arm in arm.

Finally, once the clock bled down to 10 seconds, the countdown was on. Nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one … The DJ played “Chelsea Dagger”. Bedlam. Insanity.

Fans sitting in the last row below the press box were high-fiving the Chiefs commentators. They were standing on seats. They were taking pictures of the ice, of themselves, of the crowd, the scoreboard, of anything.

They went bonkers when Jonathan Quick was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy. The party was on.

“I don’t think there’s going to be much sleeping tonight,” Marchand said.

In the middle of the sea of people on the ice, players with family members, credentialed media with cameras and microphones and recorders and notebooks, Chiefs GM Mike Nellany found Mats Zuccarello, the best of Deer Park’s second-generation core, and embraced him.

“I gave a hug and I said, ‘This is the first of many, we’re going to win a lot together,'” Nellany said. “He gave me a big hug and said, ‘Let’s go.’

“I don’t think he would want to leave after this scene here.”

Nobody did. Nobody wanted to miss a moment.

“Incredible,” Zuccarello said. “Incredible.”

Deer Park is one of the AFHL’s “Original Seven” franchises (along with Toronto, Manhattan, Fort Drum, Boston, Buffalo, Oshawa City) and this is the first time they have won the AFHL Stanley Cup.

Next up for the Chiefs is their victory parade in Deer Park next week. Stay tuned.

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Awesome write up Anthony. The best Fantasy Hockey League in the world and you and you made it happen. You should be proud of that.. Thanks bud it was amazing for sure. Wow lot of fun

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Fans Around the World Prepare for AFHL Playoff Festivities

March 21st, 2016

During the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, fans around the world are preparing to participate in several activities to kick off the postseason.

Beard-A-Thon®

Teams are encouraging their fans to participate in one of hockey’s most visible traditions – the playoff beard. The AFHL Beard-a-thon® is an opportunity for fans to grow their own beard while raising money for charity.

Fans may elect to grow a beard themselves or make a financial donation in support of a player or a fan who has elected to grow a playoff beard.

Confirmed beard-growers include Manhattan coach Tony Furino, Deer Park goaltender Jonathan Quick, Victoria forward Alex Ovechkin, Toronto defenseman Brent Burns, Atlantic City forward Patrick Kane, and Hamilton forward Steven Stamkos.

Download the official app to enroll in the 2016 AFHL Beard-a-thon®. The app allows growers and supporters to sign up, create a profile, post beard picture updates, view their donation leaderboard and promote their cause on social media. All donations for the AFHL Beard-A-Thon are tax deductible.

A prize will be awarded each round for the leader, and the overall leader will receive a team signed jersey.

Official Team Viewing Parties

Fans are encouraged to attend their favorite team’s viewing parties during each game of the playoffs. Go to your team’s website to find out official locations. Most parties are expected to offer fans opportunities to win autographed prizes.

School Playoff Pep Rallies

Teams such as the Atlantic City Sharks will host pep rallies at local schools during each round of the playoffs while school is in session. Principals, teachers and students are encouraged to get their schools involved by making signs, posters and videos to show their team spirit.

Students in Atlantic City will have the opportunity to play in a street hockey scrimmage, participate in an accuracy shot station, take a photo with mascot Sharky, engage in goalie shootout with their teacher and take part in a stickhandling station. All participants will leave the Pep Rally with a Sharks playoff T-shirt.

Rock the Team Color

Fans attending lives games during the playoffs have been encouraged to wear the color of their favorite team to the game.

The Toronto Red Devils have asked their fans participate in “Rock the Red” where every home game the arena will fill up with fans wearing the color red. Alternatively, the San Diego Gulls will ask their fans to participate in a “Whiteout” during one of their playoff games in the opening round versus the Vipers.

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