They didn't REALLY win it. Through a combination of luck and injuries (some inflicted by us, such as when Justin Williams callously dug out both of Saku Koivu's eyes or when Andrew Ladd callously targeted Dwayne Roloson's knees), the Canes became the WORST. TEAM. EVER. to win a Stanley Cup and made a mockery of the sport. If only Saku hadn't gotten hurt/Buffalo didn't have Mike Card/Edmonton had their starting goalie, we would have gotten knocked out like the Sun Belt losers that we are, considering we couldn't even sell out our own arena were it not for those heroic Buffalonians buying up the extra tickets so we'd look semi-respectable on national TV.
BTW, anybody have a police report?
Funny hearing people say that. Look at all those scrub players now. The ones still playing have either won a cup somewhere else, or are leading the teams they are on like Ladd.
I started following the team during the 2006 Regular Season, when I got invited to a game with one of the guys my dad played in a beer league with (and who I would later play in a beer league with). Prior to that, I had never really followed any sports. Wound up being a pretty good ride.
Hmm, may need to break out the DVD and rewatch game 7. I think I have it around here somewhere...
I had moved to Raleigh in 2001 and got on the '02 Cup train. That Game 7 tho...my wife would tell you that I could hardly watch the game. Kept leaving the room and finally turned on the radio to hear Chuck since I just couldn't watch. Went back in just before Williams scored so got to see him score and hear Chuck's call. Amazing.
Two months later we moved to Maine. Which really meant that when a friend with connections to the team invited me to a private party with the Cup not long after, I was too poor from moving to fly back down to go. Saddest. Day. Ever.