Manson eyes Stanley Cup with final avalanche after father gets close

“Oh, I didn’t even think about that [Father’s Day], “Josh, the Colorado State Avalanche defense man, said last week.” The focus was on everything else. I’m sure we’ll be spending some quality time together soon and we’ll want to make it special.”

Josh and Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday to continue their lead in their best of 7 series and will travel to Tampa on Sunday for Game 3 at the Amalie Arena on Monday (8 p.m. ET; ABC, ESPN+, CBC, SN, TVAS).

“I think it’s going to be pushed aside a little bit with everything that’s going on,” Josh said of Father’s Day. “But it would be good to spend some time.”

Josh’s immediate priority is to accomplish something his father never did.

Dave, an NHL defense from 1986-2002 and now an assistant with Edmonton Oilers, came two times close to winning the Cup as a player. In his 14th season in the National Hockey League, he played for the Dallas Stars, who lost in six games to the New Jersey Devils in the 2000 Stanley Cup Final. In his fourth season in the National Hockey League, he and the Chicago Blackhawks reached the 1990 Campbell Conference final, but they They lost in six matches to the Oilers.

“We are very excited about this opportunity [Josh] Dave said before the start of the cup final. “We have talked about how difficult this is and also that this opportunity does not happen often. I hope he does it a few times, but it is very difficult to do it.”

In his 16-season career in the National Hockey League, Dave earned 390 points (102 goals, 288 assists) in 1,103 regular season games for the Black Hawks, Oilers, Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs & Stars and 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists) in 112 Stanley Cup playoffs.

The combination of this experience and family ties made the Western Conference final of the season, when an avalanche swept the Oilers in four games, which was very emotional for Manson’s side.

“Obviously it was bittersweet because one of us had to lose, but she was still special,” Josh said.

The 30-year-old has scored one goal in that streak, and has seven points (three goals and four assists) in 16 playoffs this season.

Acquired in a deal with the Anaheim Ducks on March 14 in favor of potential defender Drew Helleson and a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, Josh has 120 points (28 goals, 92 assists) in 475 games in eight NHL seasons, and 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 38 play-offs, including a goal on Saturday.

Dave’s return to the NHL came on February 10 when he was promoted from Bakersfield assistant from the NHL to Oilers assistant, along with Jay Woodcroft, who was promoted from Bakersfield coach to replace fired Edmonton coach Dave Tibbett.

He said that he has long been proud of his son and that this has never been truer than during the series.

“I was proud of our team too, because we were in it,” Dave said. “I wish we had found a way to sneak into a game here or there instead of going down like that, so it was very emotional. We were looking for an opportunity to do something that didn’t come around very often. It’s harder than people think.”

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When the Avalanche-Oilers series ended, the exchange in the handshake line was straightforward, encouraging, professional and paternalistic at the same time.

“Just [said]“Congratulations,” Dave said, “Go and finish” and “I love you. You don’t have much time, but that’s it. It would be great to have the ultimate success in the league. I couldn’t do that as a player, I came close to the final.” So I told him to go finish the job.”

Josh said his father’s message was as he expected.

“He’s a good dad because he cares, he’s loving, and he’s supportive,” said Josh. “He’s all you need from a man and a father to support you. He’s there every step of the way. He never pushes any decisions towards you. He guides you through the process. Obviously in the NHL now, it would be easy for him to be like, ‘Okay, I did that.'” That way and you have to do it that way,” he really forced him. But it was never like that. He just shared experiences and let me make up my mind as I went.

“I’ve never had it as a coach. But I’ve heard from the guys that it motivates you, it teaches you, it will push you to make sure you get the best but it doesn’t hold back or make it difficult for you. When you compare the two, it’s more or less the same. He treats you with respect, he pushes you and teaches you things that He needs it to teach you, but he will never force it on you. Let you do what you want to do.”

Dave said he and his wife, Lana, have always made this their goal.

“I think we were like that with our four kids,” Dave said. “We wanted our kids to be active in sports but we didn’t push them. If they wanted to do it, we just helped guide them.

“Josh has always been a very smart hockey player from the start. He asks questions, and I’m going to help him with a few things here and there. But for the most part, and I really believe in this, you should let his coaches do their job. For Josh, I’ve always thought if that was a mistake. [for him]He was able to find out.”

The next task is to find out how they can meet during the final. After exit and end-of-season meetings in Edmonton, Dave returns to the family home in Bakersfield (California) to organize, plans very much on the table. He said he hopes to make it to Denver for the Finals in the future.

Whatever the series, the joy will be the next time Josh’s two-year-old daughter, Gemma, meets her father and grandfather together.

They dream about how a Stanley Cup tournament can make your Father’s Day celebration easier.

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