Seated in the backyard of his parents’ home in Woodbridge, Ontario, Andrew Cogliano sipped his morning sit down elsewhere while he took in the names and respective teams which are etched in to the rings of the Stanley Cup, that was positioned atop the patio table.
The instance was mostly of the quiet moments Cogliano would devote to that jam-packed Friday of Aug. 26 that was his designated day with the Cup and largely spent sharing it along with his hometown community.
For the 35-year-old veteran, your day have been long awaited. Cogliano’s personal journey to hoisting the Stanley Cup featured no shortage of sacrifices, but his commitment to trusting the procedure and unwavering work ethic have remained a continuing throughout his impressive NHL career – and also leading until the singular day where he would have the Cup for himself.
“Honestly, he was skating yesterday,” Cogliano’s older brother Matthew said. “I was like, ‘You’re skating? But you are getting the Cup tomorrow!’ He’s like ‘I need to go skate.’ That’s just who he could be. That is why he’s been so successful. He’s just the hardest worker. He’s a quiet guy. We’re happy for him and we’re pleased with him. Yesterday, was yet another day for him at the rink.”
Cogliano first entered the league in 2007 after being drafted by the Edmonton Oilers 25th overall in the 2005 NHL Draft. The two-way forward would remain with the Oilers until 2011, when he was dealt that July to the Anaheim Ducks as Edmonton underwent a rebuild.
With the Ducks, Cogliano played the majority of his career and eight consecutive seasons from 2011-19. He gained invaluable postseason experience as Anaheim made deep Stanley Cup runs including two Western Conference Finals runs in 2015 and 2017.
In January of 2019, Cogliano was traded to the Dallas Stars where he’d continue to play with the business until 2021. With the Stars, Cogliano furthered his ironman streak to, at one point fourth on the NHL’s most consecutive games played list, but his streak ended on Jan. 14, 2018 at 830 games after finding a two-game suspension. His 830-consecutive games still ranks seventh best in NHL history and is really a testament to his detailed preparation and drive.
Following a COVID-19 pandemic – which featured a pause issued on March 12, 2020 and a subsequent resumption from the postseason and formatted in “bubble setups” – Cogliano and the Stars went the length to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final, but suffered heartbreak because they lost in six games to the eventual champions in the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Cogliano returned to California, this time around with the San Jose Sharks, in the beginning of the 2021-22 season where he’d play until the Trade Deadline, which sent him to the poised-to-be-champions in the Avalanche in April. Cogliano became a seamless easily fit into Colorado’s deep lineup and encompassed an essential checking role and offered versatility to play at center or on the wing for the squad down the stretch. He even underwent surgery on a broken finger, which he sustained against his former club of Edmonton in the Western Conference Final, but was only sidelined for four games of the Stanley Cup Final contrary to the two-time defending champions in Tampa Bay. And following a thrilling six-game series, the Avalanche rose victorious. Cogliano’s name will undoubtedly be engraved forever together with the Colorado Avalanche 2021-22 Stanley Cup Championship squad.
“It has been quite a long time, it’s a thing that every player works towards,” Matthew said. “I’m happy for him. He deserves it. By the end of his career, it has been about 15 or 16 years. I was hoping he’d get one. I’m happy for him because he deserves it – all players do – but especially him with the quantity of work he puts in. It had been an excellent accomplishment for him.”
After hoisting Lord Stanley and being bonded for lifetime along with his fairly new teammates – after only joining Colorado that April ahead of their June championship – Cogliano spent his day with the Cup back his hometown of Woodbridge, Ontario and the encompassing section of Vaughn, both which include a largely Italian demographic. The weekend prior on Aug. 20, he previously also made a vacation around Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he and Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog celebrated Nathan MacKinnon‘s respective day with the Stanley Cup.
But also for Cogliano, when it became his designated day, he managed to get a point to talk about it widely with the city where his hockey career began.
“The look wasn’t easy, nonetheless it was lots of fun,” Cogliano said. “You have your coffee and enjoy another [with it]. Then, it had been an action-packed, but those will be the memories you’ll will have. Just being around [my teammates], and being around my kids and having them take pictures with it, those will be the things that they will remember forever. Ultimately, giving people the chance to view it. I believe people in my own community will remember today for the others of these lives.”
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cogliano took the Cup to his former youth hockey rink at Al Palladini Community Centre. There and through the entire entire four-hour duration, a frequent blast of invitees he and his family had selected of good friends, extended family and current members of the Vaughn Kings, Vaughn Panthers and Vaughn Rangers minor hockey teams funneled to have a glimpse of the Stanley Cup and pose for photos with Cogliano.
At 2 p.m., Cogliano, his brother Matthew, his Mom Teresa and his father Carmen all departed on a Vaughn firetruck which escorted the Cogliano family and the Cup with their next destination. Carmen explained that the firetruck was inspired by the Avalanche’s parade where the players and their own families rode atop local fire trucks through downtown Denver. Cogliano’s young daughters Lottie and Olive had loved the knowledge, so that they surprised them with another possibility to start to see the crimson vehicle close up.
Another stop for Cogliano was one which he chosen himself and was passionate about taking the Cup to at the Meta Centre, for the developmentally didsabled. There, Cogliano and the Cup – was displayed on a table with a hockey rink backdrop, took photos.
From then on go to the Cogliano’s returned to the household home, where Olive came running out to greet her dad and the firetruck upon their dazzling arrival. There is a short window of downtime where Cogliano could ingest a standstill moment and revel in watching his two daughters and wife Allie play in the backyard pool with the Cup stationed directly on the edge.
But even that moment was short-lived, as a type of neighbors formed in leading yard awaiting the opportunity to start to see the Cup and Cogliano.
“There’s a lot of people that people was raised with,” Matthew said. “There’s most of my friends, his friends, my parents’ friends, individuals who we know and you simply want to provide them with an event too. It’s about him, but it is also about everyone around within Woodbridge, where we’re from. We’re just happy that people could share it with some individuals locally.”
Following an action-packed day where Cogliano ultimately provided members of his hometown community having an experience of an eternity, he enjoyed a quieter, more casual evening with good friends, family and also teammates MacKinnon and Landeskog because they had a celebration.
Your day was a fitting celebration for Cogliano as he ensured that others had the chance to get an event with the iconic trophy and a rewarding day for him to take his incredible accomplishment, even despite all of the sacrifices he and his family have manufactured in their own journey as a new player.
And fortunately after signing a one-year extension with Colorado through the brief offseason, Cogliano will stay part of the Avalanche’s quest to guard their Stanley Cup title come this upcoming season.
“With your day, you begin to feel how important the trophy is,” Cogliano said. “The largest thing is that you truly understand you are going to have fond memories and cherish lots of relationships with players on the team. Once you win, they will be there forever. That is the biggest thing I’m taking right out of this now could be how close we’ve become as a team and man-to-man. Even just from today, I’ve a good knowledge of how important and what size winning the Stanley Cup is really. You really get yourself a good notion of how people experience it and feel so special towards it. For me personally to accomplish it and take it back again to my city is pretty cool.”