Christian hockey player Josh Manson helps Colorado Avalanche win first Stanley Cup in 21 years

The Colorado Avalanche won their third Stanley Cup in franchise history and their first in 21 years by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Sunday night.

According Sports spectrum, the Avalanche have already lost four playoff games and won their four road series. The team is also the first to win four series with comeback victories in a single season, preventing the Tampa Bay Lightning from winning their third consecutive championship, a feat not seen since the New York Islanders in 1980-83.

“Just to share it with the people you love, that’s what it’s all about,” Avalanche star center Nathan McKinnon said. said after the game. “It’s not really about me. It’s about sharing it with my teammates and my family. That means everything.”

Defenseman Josh Manson, who arrived on a deal with the Anaheim Ducks in March earlier this year, has provided some much-needed help for his team this season. In Colorado’s 20 playoff games, Manson had three goals and five assists. He also scored seven points in 22 regular season games.

In Game 1 of the Avalanche’s second-round series with the St. Louis Blues, Manson scored the game-winning run. He also scored his second career playoff goal in the Western Conference Finals and scored in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

On Sunday evening, Manson assisted MacKinnon and fellow acquisition Artturi Lehkonen in the decisive goal after Mackinnon’s second-half equalizer.

Manson, 30, is a devout Christian who didn’t surrender his life to Jesus Christ until his mother was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma while he was in college.

At the time, he vowed to give his life to God if his mother was cured of cancer, which she eventually did after four treatments with a trial drug.

“It was a miracle, and God did it,” he told Sports Spectrum in a Video “The best day of my life” released earlier this month. “There’s no other way to describe it. And I broke my promise I made to God months earlier when I found out she had terminal cancer. “

Manson later remembered his promise to God after meeting the woman who eventually became his wife.

“I knew from the moment I met her that she was going to be my wife,” he explained. “On our second date, she told me that she was a Christian and that she believed in God, and that I should go to church with her, and what I would do from there. would depend on me. But I remembered the promise that I made to God.”

Manson gave his life to Christ after reading the book More than a carpenter by Sean and Josh McDowell.

Manson’s faith grew steadily over his eight NHL seasons. In one piece for The increase Last December, he opened up about what it’s like to be a Christian professional hockey player and how his perspective changed after the birth of his first child.

“When I first held my baby I was like, ‘Wow, that’s how Jesus loves me,'” he wrote. “If my child ever pulls away from me and distances herself, it would make me incredibly sad. I would want to bring her closer to me. This realization has really put things into perspective for me because I know my Heavenly Father feels the same thing. About me.”

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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the Podcast For Your Soul, which seeks to endow the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Happy are the forgiven.

Catherine J. Martinez