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Stanley Cup joy for Aebischer

Colorado Avalanche players celebrate their Stanley Cup victory Keystone

Fribourg's David Aebischer has become the first Swiss to win ice hockey's greatest prize, after his Colorado Avalanche team-mates secured victory over the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup finals.

As understudy to legendary goalkeeper Patrick Roy, Aebischer has been forced to watch most of this season’s action from the bench, including Saturday’s deciding 3-1 win over the Devils.

Nevertheless, Aebischer’s achievements have been considerable. Having made the step up to the NHL, the Swiss star has played more than 20 matches for the Avs, and earlier in the series became the first Swiss player to feature in an NHL post-season game.

Colorado fought back from 3-2 down in the series before wrapping up a 4-3 victory overall in Saturday’s seventh game. Two goals from Alex Tanguay and one from captain Joe Sakic were enough to dethrone the former champions from New Jersey.

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