Defenceman Sean Behrens was among those fans who witnessed the grand victory and celebratory events of the Colorado Avalanche team during its run for the Stanley Cup Championships in June. The 19-year-old was selected by the Colorado Avalanche during the 2021 NHL Draft in the second round at 61st overall.
During Game 6 of the Avalanche vs Tampa Bay Lightning, the young man took it all in and saw what it takes to win the Championship Cup. He noted, “It was really cool, the atmosphere in the rink, how excited everyone was to watch playoff hockey, and how good the Avs were. It was really exciting to watch”. “Seeing how hard the guys battled to win, what they had to go through to get to that point was something that really stood out to me — how dedicated the team was.”
Sean Behrens shares how Avalanche has left an impact on him
As for Behrens’ accomplishments, he is considered 2nd among the Denver defenceman and 4th among the NCAA rookie defenceman, while playing a key role for the Pioneers who won the 2022 NCAA Divison I men’s hockey national championship in April. He further added 29 points with 3 goals and 26 assists in 37 games for the team.
As for his experience with the Avalanche’s victory, he noted, according to nhl.com, “The hockey part was what I expected. I thought that I was going to be able to go into DU right away and make an impact, but I didn’t expect everything else”. “From the beginning of the season, we knew we had a really good team.”
He continued, “We knew we had a lot of skill, a lot of really good players, but I think as the season went on, and as the team got closer, we kind of bought into the team, to each other. And I thought you know, as the season kept going, I thought we just kind of knew that we could make a run. And we had the group to do it.”
Sean Behrens was named to the United States roster for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship on Sunday. The WJC began on August 9th and will continue till August 20 in Edmonton, Alberta. Despite being selected by the Avalanche on July 13th, he has maintained his composure and is continuously looking forward to improving his playstyle, to match the caliber of the Championship kings.
He commented, “There’s always the opportunity to grow”. “I don’t think there’s any rush for me right now to make a jump into pro hockey. I think I’m in a good spot for my development right now, next season, and maybe some more after that.” “We got a lot of our [defensive core] back, we got all of our goalies back, as well as some forwards who are going to make a bigger impact this year, and then I think we have another really good freshman class coming in”. “I think we could definitely make a run.”