Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri shared a message for his supporters as well as his critics after winning the 2022 Stanley Cup on Sunday night. The Canadian ice hockey player’s journey this year was nothing less than a rollercoaster as he experienced a whirlwind of emotions during the Playoffs.
Earlier, the Avs and police investigated threats sent to Kadri after one game during the second round against the St. Louis Blues. As a result, enhanced security was assigned to the 31-year-old for the following game. Moreover, he suffered a broken thumb in Game 3 against the Edmonton Oilers in the third round.
“I’ve had supporters in my corner from Day 1, they’ve never wavered. For everyone that thought I was a liability in the playoffs, you can kiss my ass,” Kadri said on the ice after the 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Final, as quoted by SportsNet.
“It’s such a roller-coaster ride in terms of emotions,” Kadri said. “Obviously, I break my hand and think I’m done. I came back and I couldn’t even tie my own skates. Shout out to the trainer for tying my skates before every game. I don’t care, whatever it took I was going to be out there one way or another.”
“Still feels like a dream”
Despite saying post-game that he had multiple breaks in his thumb and turned a six-week recovery into two, Kadri returned for Game 4 of the Cup Final and scored the ‘controversial’ OT winner against the Lightning. The London native Kadri finished with seven goals and eight assists in 16 playoff games this year.
“It still feels like a dream, really,” Kadri added. “It feels even better than I thought it would. It’s an incredible moment, the fashion we did it, the adversity we faced. It’s picture perfect, it’s incredible.”