I took a few hours off yesterday to check out the Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Denver. (The photo above was taken by my brother-in-law; the one below was taken by me.)
Later on that day, while reading a recap of the event, I happened to learn about a baby boy named for Colorado Avalanche player Nate MacKinnon:
Nikki Lyons brought her baby — aptly named MacKinnon for the star Avalanche center.
“We love Nathan MacKinnon and everything he stands for because he took less for the team,” Lyons said.
Taking “less for the team” refers to the fact that NHL teams have salary caps, and that MacKinnon has been willing to settle for less than he’s worth in order to help the Avs attain/retain other talented players (and thereby have a better shot at winning).
Here’s a photo of the Lyons family.
Further reading led me to a second baby boy — born just a few days ago in Centennial to parents Christy and Will Lowry — named Gabriel after Avalanche team captain Gabriel Landeskog (from Sweden).
- Mechles, Jennifer. “Avs captain inspires name for Colorado newborn.” 9News 30 Jun. 2022
- Miller, Blair. “‘This is for you, Denver!’: Colorado Avalanche celebrate first Stanley Cup victory since 2001.” Denver7 30 Jun. 2022.
- Wegman, Josh. “MacKinnon: ‘I’ll take less again’ on next contract to help Avs win.” The Score 2019.