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Raymond Bourque
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Raymond Bourque

Colorado Avalanche

One of the few truly happy endings. The Bruins icon requested a trade from mediocre Boston so he would have a chance to win the Stanley Cup that had eluded him during his 21-year NHL career. Bruins GM Harry Sinden obliged, sending the perennial All-Star to Colorado on March 6, 2000 with Dave Andreychuk for Brian Rolston, Martin Grenier, Sami Pahlsson and a first-round pick. Bourque sparkled, leading Colorado defensemen in scoring as an alternate captain and earning First All-Star status. On June 9, 2001, the Avs won the Cup, ending the longest wait by a player in NHL history. Bourque was given the rare honor of carrying the chalice in the victory lap before the team captain.

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