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:
Todd Marchant talks about the text group consisting of the #NHLDucks 2007 championship team that is watching the re-airs of the ’07 Stanley Cup Final games together. “I've enjoyed spending time with my other family, which was that team.”— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) April 30, 2020
FULL INTERVIEW: https://t.co/0ADLF0HF4C pic.twitter.com/aTj3HoPo3b
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?
Teemu takes time to appreciate the '07 champs in the text group. pic.twitter.com/ztglEnoild— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) May 1, 2020
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.
The '07 champs text group pays their respects to Scott Niedermayer's playoff beard as the moment when they will lift the Cup gets closer and closer... pic.twitter.com/6ZOJi0c0uo— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) May 1, 2020
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:
Jiggy's stop on the Vermette penalty shot gets love from the '07 champs text group 13 years later. pic.twitter.com/c21QG2Pnun— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) May 1, 2020
And then 22-year old Corey Perry locks in it.
#AnaheimDucksGoooaaalll— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) May 1, 2020
Alfredsson gives the puck away deep in his own end and COREY PERRY OBLITERATES THE ONE-TIMER to make it 6-2 #NHLDucks!
The champagne is ready. #DucksClassics pic.twitter.com/YOx75BJFkf
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.
The '07 champs text group watches themselves win the Cup one more time... pic.twitter.com/J56XWpH4Kl— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) May 1, 2020
The '07 champs text group taking in the passing of the Stanley Cup. pic.twitter.com/0f1EmE8aQc— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) May 1, 2020
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.