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Fans unhappy with Avalanche reporter for celebrating with Stanley Cup

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Literally worst to first in five short seasons, the Colorado Avalanche matched the best-ever postseason record on the path to winning a Stanley Cup on Sunday night. (Getty Images)
Literally worst to first in five short seasons, the Colorado Avalanche matched the best-ever postseason record on the path to winning a Stanley Cup on Sunday night. (Getty Images)

The Colorado Avalanche are Stanley Cup champions for the first time since 2001, and the celebrations are in full swing for the players, their families and friends, and... team reporters?

Longtime Avalanche beat reporter Mike Chambers of the Denver Post shared photos of his own celebrations with the Cup on Twitter on Monday.

Chambers posed with the Cup over his head with a cigar in his mouth and a stained button-up shirt, before getting a picture with Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog and the trophy.

Many fans and fellow media members took exception to Chambers' celebrations, reminding the reporter of the impartiality and objectivity that the press are traditionally expected to adhere to.

Others, like retired NHL referee Dave Jackson, defended Chambers, unconvinced by the argument that beat reporters can't enjoy their team's success.

Of course, as with anything that goes viral on Twitter, memes began to surface making light of the polarizing celebrations.

Chambers did reply to the comments, maintaining that he has been a professional since he began covering the team and that Landeskog insisted he take part in the fun.

"I've been a real stickler about that for 25 years," Chambers wrote on Twitter. "For context, I wasn't the only journalist at the event but I might have been the only one Gabe Landeskog handed the Cup to and said, 'Hold it up.' Gabe and I go way back. Human exchange between two men who share respect for the game."

The Avalanche's press pool is no stranger to controversy, as it was only a year ago that veteran reporter Adrian Dater bewildered star forward Nathan MacKinnon with a bizarre question after the team's elimination in Game 6 of the 2021 conference finals at the hands of Vegas Golden Knights.

MacKinnon's curt "no," followed by a confused shake of the head is a very relatable reaction to that puzzling and profane tirade/question.

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