“If you watch hockey, these are two teams you want to watch,” Bobby Reynolds explained in an interview with ABC13 on Wednesday. “It will be fun, it will be fast. Stars galore.
Reynolds spent 18 years in professional hockey, including two with the minor league Houston Eros. He currently runs his own hockey academy and serves as the coach-in-chief for the Houston Wild Hockey Club – a youth travel program. ABC13 visited him at the Bellerive Ice Center ahead of the Stanley Cup finals.
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“You would have a hard time if someone didn’t pick these two teams as the two teams going into the finals,” Reynolds said of the Colorado-Tampa Bay matchup, with Lightning being the two-time reigning champions.
“You have the budding team that had to lose a couple of times to get to the finals and now you have to beat the best,” Reynolds said of the Avalanche. “They have high octane, no question. They also have a really good goalkeeper. They have some offensive defenders who can take risks and join the game. It’s high octane, but their stay-at-home defenders are really good.”
When the Stanley Cup final is played on ABC13, you’ll see many players – if not all – with facial hair. It’s a longstanding playoff hockey tradition.
“It goes way back when there were only six teams,” explained Reynolds. “They rode the train back and forth between games. Players could shower but had nowhere to shave – so they grew beards and it became a superstition. The old school boys, mostly Americans and Canadians, you will still see them with beards. There’s some fear if you don’t have it – so someone on the team has to have it.
Colorado goes more than a week between games while Tampa Bay emerges from the Rangers series that ended Saturday night.
Games 1 and 2 will be held in Denver before the series moves to Tampa for Game 3 on Monday.
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