You won’t believe how many folks showed up to MacKinnon’s Cup parade

Aug 20, 2022, 1:24 PM

Nathan MacKinnon’s dreams came true on Saturday, as he got to bring the Stanley Cup home to Nova Scotia.

The far-flung peninsula in eastern Canada hosted a parade for MacKinnon in the province’s capital of Halifax. The biggest city in the Maritimes is about 25 minutes from MacKinnon’s hometown of Cole Harbour.

Not only is the Colorado Avalanche superstar from the small town, but future Hall of Famer Sidney Crosby is too, and when MacKinnon first hoisted the cup earlier this summer, he said, referring to what he wanted from the celebration, “I’ve been the drunkest guy at two of his (Cup parties,) so he (Crosby) better be the drunkest guy at mine.”

“I am really happy for Nate. I know how much it means to him and his family,” Crosby said after the Avs won. “I have seen how hard he’s worked to achieve this and glad that he’s got rewarded and gets to experience everything that comes with winning. It’s special.”

MacKinnon took the Cup to his first ever hockey net before the parade.

The lunchtime parade must’ve been the highlight as the former Halifax Moosehead celebrated through the streets.

MacKinnon was joined by his Avs teammates, captain Gabriel Landeskog and Andrew Cogliano.

“It’s awesome… it feels great to bring the cup home,” MacKinnon said on Saturday.

“I think the message Nathan is sending to all of us is: it’s possible, whatever your dreams are, you can achieve them,” local politician Tim Houston said. “From right here in Cole Harbour, right here in Halifax, right here in Nova Scotia. It’s a powerful statement.”

MacKinnon led the league in goals during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, scoring 13 while adding 11 assists during the Avs’ 20-game Cup run. MacKinnon is entering year 10 of his NHL career—all spent in Colorado—and he is in the final season of his contract. The over point-per-game player over 638 regular season games is already one of the best postseason players in NHL history and is further decorated with a Calder, Lady Byng and two All-Star appearances.



Justus Annunen Avs...

Will Petersen

The Avs make another goalie move, may mean Annunen is healthy

The Avs made yet another goalie move, as Ivan Prosvetov has been sent back to the minors, potentially signaling Justus Annunen is healthy

17 hours ago

Avalanche Artturi Lehkonen...

Will Petersen

Huge second period propels Avalanche to big win, series all tied up

The Colorado Avalanche are a resilient bunch, proving that against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night in a 5-2 Game 2 victory

1 day ago

Ivan Prosvetov Avalanche goalie...

Will Petersen

Avalanche goalie situation gets more interesting ahead of Game 2

While many fans would like to see the Avalanche switch to backup goalie Justus Annunen in Game 2, it sounds like that's not going to happen

2 days ago

Alexandar Georgiev...

Will Petersen

Alexandar Georgiev shouldn’t play another game for the Avalanche

If Justus Annunen is still sick, it's time to switch to Ivan Prosvetov; if he has an NHL jersey, he can't be worse than Alexandar Georgiev

2 days ago


Rachel Vigil

What went wrong for the Avalanche against the Jets?

Mike Evans reacts to the shocking loss against the Winnipeg Jets and takes a look at what elements of the team, such as the Avs' goaltending, are to blame for their loss.

3 days ago

Alexandar Georgiev...

Will Petersen

Alexandar Georgiev has another bad night, Avalanche lose Game 1

Avalanche goalie Alexandar Georgiev gave up four goals on the first 10 shots of the game he faced on Sunday, and things didn't get better

4 days ago

You won’t believe how many folks showed up to MacKinnon’s Cup parade