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Championship Ducks players re-watch 2007 Stanley Cup Final

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The winning squad shared their favorite memories with each other in a group chat during a re-broadcast.

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 06: Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov (R) #30 of the Anaheim Ducks talks with Jean-Sebastien Giguere #35 before Game Five of the 2007 Stanley Cup finals against the Ottawa Senators on June 6, 2007 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The Ducks defeated the Senators 6-2 to win the Stanley Cup Finals 4 games to 1. Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images

As with most sports networks over the past few weeks, PRIME has been forced to dip into their archives, re-airing Game 5 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Final on Thursday night, where Scott Niedermayer’s Anaheim Ducks defeated the Daniel Alfredsson-led Ottawa Senators to the tune of 6-2, winning the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup.

God bless the Ducks’ social team, though, for supplementing the broadcast with running commentary in the form of screenshots of a group chat filled with members of that championship team, pulled together by the current Ducks Director of Player Development.

Check out the players’ thoughts as they watched one of the most unforgettable nights of their lives play out in real time, this time from the cheap seats.

Todd Marchant opens with a little Q&A:

Guess who just remembered Travis Moen existed because of this interview? (It was me.)

Also this quote kills me every time: “A lot of the dialogue back and forth was, Man, did we take a lot of penalties as a team, and we did. But that was our identity as a team.” Physicality? On the Anaheim Ducks? Oh my stars, I’ve never heard such a thing!

Totally not the point here, but Teemu Selanne using the laughing/crying emoji is truly delightful.

“Grind line doing what they do.” Yeah, Marchant, you said that was the whole thing, remember?

I’m sorry, I cannot handle sweet and supportive Teemu, it’s too much for my fragile heart. What a good dude.

“Closed eyes, full hearts, can’t lose,” or whatever it is they say on Friday Night Lights.

I love everything about these two screenshots. Chris Pronger’s “Passion [clapping hands emoji]” message? The beard jokes? Having to be reminded of Travis Moen’s existence yet another time? “Nice of the Mayor to join us”?

Mostly that last message, though.

“We’re gonna win Lord Stanley.”

Of course, gotta get in the goalie love, first:

And then 22-year old Corey Perry locks in it.

Time for the real waterworks, fellas. With nothing more to watch but a Cup Ceremony (no big deal), things got a little emotional in the chat.

What a journey. I feel very privileged to get to read these messages about an incredibly special experience they got to share. They didn’t have to let us into this private part of their lives — hockey players often don’t — but this is a truly special way to re-live that championship.