SOREL | There is a magnetic effect with the Stanley Cup. An eight-year-old kid with a Colorado Avalanche jersey on his back immediately smiles at the sight of the big trophy. But the phenomenon remains the same for the 82-year-old grandmother who wears a charming pink blouse.
Nicolas Aubé-Kubel delighted the residents of Sorel-Tracy by organizing a parade at the intersection of King and Charlotte streets, Saturday shortly after noon.
The immense joy that emanated from the face of the right winger of the Avalanche made you forget in a fraction of a second the closure of the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel and the interminable wait to take the ferry linking Saint-Ignace-De-Loyola to Sorel -Tracy.
“For the last week, it's just been strong emotions,” said Aubé-Kubel. The parade in Denver was amazing. Here, it's fun because it's just my world, the world of Sorel. It is special.
Aubé-Kubel gets emotional talking about his hometown.
“I have so many friends in Sorel. I'm a really local guy. I knew there would be a lot of people cheering me on, but so many? I did not know. It's really cool. In the middle of the day, that there are so many people. I think that's really cool.”
“I just want to make sure I'm celebrating with everyone who's been with me from the start. It's really important to me. “I was born here, I grew up here. The community is amazing. We planned a parade within a week. We have a big party afterwards. The Sorel community is really strong, I love that. I will spend three hours with them. I appreciate that moment. I do it because I like it. »
Humble and authentic
Alex-Anne Aubé-Kubel, one of the Stanley Cup winner's two sisters, beamed as she watched her brother come down from the small stage to shake hands and take pictures.
“I'm happy to see how humble he is,” she said. We are always afraid, when it is a member of our family, that he will change in situations like that. He's still my little brother, the super simple, super grateful Nico. He's a guy who loves his city. For him, Sorel is precious. I'm glad he keeps it. »
For her part, the striker's mother, Annie Aubé, was breathing better. No, she wasn't afraid to see son drop the big trophy again like he did on the ice at Amalie Arena before the team photo. She was just relieved to see that the day was a resounding success.
“I would say that my big fear has just passed. Since the parade was taking place at our home in Sorel, it was stressing me out. Now I can enjoy it more. The stress just left. »
« I am a Soreloise at heart. You also saw it with my guy, he is proud of his city, Sorel. It is our heart that is here. I was away for a long time in Alberta, but I came back. And I know my guy will come back one day too. It's like that when you're a Sorelois. Seeing everyone, I get emotional. It's just wow. »
A teacher at the Yamaska integrated school, Madame Aubé faced a heartbreaking choice in the final days of the final.
“I did not finish my school year, I left before the end of classes. I had never spent my last day without my students. I got replaced. My heart was torn. Between my students and my son, I chose my son. The last five minutes of Game 6 were the longest five minutes of my life. I wondered if it was to end. I forgot to breathe. Once finished, the stress dropped. I looked at my boyfriend and told him that we had won the cup. »
And today, this same cup was found in the streets of their city, Sorel-Tracy.
From Fleury to Aubé-Kubel
For a town of just over 30,000 people, Sorel-Tracy has produced several Stanley Cup winners. Nicolas Aubé-Kubel was not the first to drink champagne or beer with tomato juice in the most beautiful of NHL trophies.
Before him, there was Marc-André Fleury who won it three times with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, 2016 and 2017. François Beauchemin experienced the same feeling when he won it in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks. And if we go back to the Montreal Canadiens dynasty of the 1970s, Pierre Mondou engraved his name three times on the cup (1977, 1978 and 1979).
Mondou was also present for the parade in the streets of this pretty little town that borders the St. Lawrence River. Fleury would have liked to participate, but he couldn't because he was invited to a wedding. In the case of Beauchemin, he had to show up at the party at the end of the evening.
“Marc-André Fleury, it was my first parade, said Aubé-Kubel. I remember thinking to myself: crime, it would be fun to win the Stanley Cup [to bring it] to Sorel. It's more and more fun. My day is amazing. »
Aubé-Kubel was only 13 when Fleury made his magic save in the dying seconds of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Nicklas Lidstrom and the Detroit Red Wings.
An eventful year
In terms of hockey, Aubé-Kubel will never forget this 2021-2022 season. And not just for the perfect conclusion with the Avalanche. In November, the Philadelphia Flyers resigned on him placing him on waivers. But Joe Sakic and the Avalanche breathed new life into him.
“I realize that I have just had a great year. I am so happy. From the moment I was claimed by the Avalanche, only good things happened to me. Just good. “
When he found himself on waivers, Aubé-Kubel kept his feelings to himself.
“Nico is a secret little boy for matters like that said his mother, Annie. He didn't want to stress me out. He was hiding his stress since he knows that I am an anxious person. He didn't tell me until it was over. He called me to say: “Mom, I'm going to Denver”. I was happy. In life, nothing happens for nothing. »
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128