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Three NAHL alumni capture 2022 Stanley Cup Championship

June 27, 2022

Nico Sturm appeared in 74 career NAHL games with the Austin Bruins and Corpus Christi IceRays.

Three former NAHL alumni captured the Stanley Cup on Sunday night as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, 2-1.

Colorado won the series 4 games to 2 and captured their third Stanley Cup in team history.

They include forward Nico Strum (2013-15), and defensemen Jack Johnson (2003-05) and Erik Johnson (2004-06).

Sturm played in the NAHL for two seasons for two different teams. He debuted with the Corpus Christi IceRays during the 2013-14 season, recording three points in 21 NAHL regular season games. The next season in 2014-15, he flourished with the Austin Bruins, scoring 41 points in 53 games played. Sturm began the season with the Minnesota Wild and was traded to the Avalanche in mid-March.

Sturm appeared in 13 games during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs and had two points.

Jack Johnson was one of two players on the Avalanche roster with at least 1,000 career regular-season games who captured the Stanley Cup for the first time. He played in the NAHL for two seasons for the USNTDP team from 2003-05. He played in 41 career NAHL regular season games and recorded 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists).

Johnson appeared in 13 games during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Erik Johnson played in the NAHL for two seasons with the USNTDP team from 2004-06. Johnson played in 42 career NAHL regular season games and recorded 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists).

In 20 games during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Johnson recorded five points (1 goal, 4 assists).

 
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