Lifting the Stanley Cup was ‘everything I dreamed of and more,’ says Alex Newhook

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Alex Newhook became the third Newfoundlander to win the Stanley Cup on Sunday night. (Colorado Avalanche/Twitter)

At just 21 years old, Alex Newhook of St. John’s says he had the chance to fulfill a childhood dream by hoisting the Stanley Cup above his head.

Newhook and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Sunday night to win the Stanley Cup in six games, the team’s first championship since the 2000-01 season.

« It was everything I dreamed of and more, » Newhook told CBC. Here and now Monday.

« Going into Game 6 with another chance to win the cup is something you dream of as a kid… I couldn’t say enough about our group last night [Sunday]. It’s a great feeling… I’m very thankful and thankful to be part of such a great team and to be part of a winning club. »

Newhook is the third Newfoundlander to win the Stanley Cup, joining Danny Cleary in 2008 and Michael Ryder in 2011. He says it’s a special feeling to be able to join that roster.

« The only word I can think of that comes to mind is crazy. It’s something I dreamed about, » he said.

« To see other Newfoundlanders lift it in front of me at Cleary and Ryder is something I admire, something I’ve dreamed of for so long. And finally, having that moment to lift it over my head , it was an amazing feeling and something I’ll never forget. »

A man and a woman stand next to a microphone. The man is wearing a Colorado Avalanche jersey.
Newhook’s parents, Paula and Shawn, say it took some time for their son to be a Stanley Cup champion to sink in. (Garrett Barry/CBC)

Newhook’s parents, Shawn and Paula, were back in St. John’s for Game 6, hosting family and friends while his sister and friends were in Tampa Bay. They were supposed to go to Colorado if the series had a Game 7, but they’re glad that didn’t happen.

« You’re a little on the edge of your seat all night…Both teams were so good and it was so close, » Paula said.

« He was such a nail biter last night [Sunday]it came to the wire, » Shawn added. « When we stood up and counted the last 10 seconds, that’s when I realized ‘Okay, it’s happening .' »

The Newhooks say they are thrilled to have their son return home with the Stanley Cup later this year and look forward to sharing the experience with the family, friends and neighbors who helped him achieve the pinnacle of the hockey world.

“The support we have received from the people of Newfoundland and Labrador is overwhelming,” said Paula.

« It’s very surreal… All these years later, it’s just amazing to see a young boy’s dream come true. »

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