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Deer Park Stanley Cup Parade

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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.

 

Categories : afhl

2 Comments

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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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