Connor McDavid opens up about Stanley Cup loss in moving statement

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Chris Gosselin

Connor McDavid was just one goal away from the Stanley Cup. When Game 7 was over last month and the Florida Panthers were celebrating as champions, the Edmonton Oilers’ captain remained on the ice as all of his teammates headed to the dressing room, showing an inspiring leadership. He was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for most valuable player during the playoffs despite playing for the losing team, though he did not come out onto the ice to accept the Conn Smythe trophy on Florida ice.

After taking some time to step away from it all, McDavid posted a moving statement on his personal Instagram account, sharing his gratitude for the postseason journey. He also thanks the fans for their passion throughout the playoffs and told them to keep on believing.

“A lot of highs and lows this season. Truly a learning experience,” McDavid wrote. “Thank you Oil Country for sticking with us to the end.

“We have the best fans in the league. Keep believing and I can’t wait to get back to work next season.”

When asked about his feelings in the post-game presser of the Finals last month, McDavid could only say that “it sucks.” It is great to see that the experience has motivated him to keep working hard towards the championship.

It feels like the captain is ready for an even better ride next season and is as hungry as ever to make the Oilers Stanley Cup champions as soon as next summer.