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Former Lief Nazem Kadri Brings Home Stanley Cup

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The “original” Nazem Kadori would have been proud.

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Some 55 years after he moved here from Lebanon, his namesake grandson brought the Stanley Cup into the prayer room of the family’s London Muslim Mosque. It was the first muslin to win and overtake hundreds of outdoor admirers. Many of which were Colorado Avalanche, Toronto he was Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames sweaters.

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“The mosque is part of who I am,” Kadri said of choosing to start an eventful day with a cup there. supported me.”

Lebanese flags waving among Canadian foliage, many young women in hijabs are part of a motorcade, and the Kadri clan in a vintage London fire engine at the main celebration in Victoria Park Noisily preceded the

Kadri’s minor hockey coach also spoke, followed by the Knights’ two junior mentors, Dale and Mark Hunter.

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“I wanted to share it with you,” Kadri said. “I hope this inspires children to follow their dreams.

“We’re going to redo this thing and go to Calgary to get the job done.”

But the joy was mixed with some solemn observations at the mosque.

Dr. Hassan Mostafa, director of the Nazem Qadri Foundation, told Breakfast TV on Friday: “It’s still in London, with Muslims across Canada.”

Nazem Kadri carries the Stanley Cup at his hometown London Muslim Mosque in London, Ontario, Canada, August 27, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
Nazem Kadri carries the Stanley Cup at his hometown London Muslim Mosque in London, Ontario, Canada, August 27, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

On June 6, 2021, Salman Afzaal, wife Madiha, 15-year-old daughter Yumnah, 9-year-old brother and 74-year-old grandmother Talat Afzaal were hit by a car while taking an evening walk. truck. Nathan Veltman, then 20, faces four counts of first-degree murder and his one count of attempted murder, which prosecutors say was an act of terrorism. The youngest survived.

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“After a year, celebrating one of our own, winning the cup and reaching such heights…what do you need (more than that) as Canadians?” asked Mostfa. “Having Nazem bring us cups really helped that healing and allowed Muslims who felt disenfranchised and sometimes (just) frightened to come out. Make it possible.

“Kids on the playground, having the same Muslims win the cup gives them a lot of confidence in their identity. Thirteen years ago we drove to the NHL Draft in Montreal. His dad, uncle and I joked.

“I salute Nazem and his family. They are proud of their religion, heritage and community.”
Many linked Saturday with the different ethnicities represented in the crowd, many wearing local hockey jerseys, as a direct influence of the youngest, Kadri.

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“Inspiration is the ultimate goal,” he said. “I have kids too, and I know younger generations are looking for role models.”

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The Afzar family also attended the same mosque.

“It’s an important part of today, especially in this day and age of Islamophobia,” Kadri’s father Sam said.
“We just wanted to connect and say, ‘Listen, we’re no different than anyone else.’ We are working hard.

“We have to get rid of that ignorance.”

LEAFS’CUP Drought Continues Until KADRI’S Ends

London, Ontario. — which could be as close to a Stanley Cup parade as the Maple Leafs get in the foreseeable future — or the start of some more that’s a flavor of the Flames.

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The silver trophy glistened in the summer sun on Saturday, surrounded by cheering fans in Leafs sweaters hoisted along the route by the former Toronto first-round draft pick.

However, Nazem Kadri won this as the Colorado Avalanche and is now the Calgary Flame for the next seven years. . But Blue and White supporters must be happy that Kadri took a few hours back to Toronto for a party that included several former teammates on Saturday night.

Nine seasons—five out of the playoffs, four in the playoffs, most of the latter featuring suspensions for trying to be aggressive when at stake—Kadri bled. Now he’s a flame, and multiple speakers predicted on Saturday that he’ll be wearing a cowboy hat and leading another parade soon.

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Kadri spoke of Leafs after signing a number of Toronto sweaters and a little girl’s homemade sign that read “Leafs Nation Misses You.”

“At the end of the day, it wasn’t my decision[toleaveinthe2019trade]. do not have.

“I’m not going to spill the beans for them, but it’s going to be quite the celebration.”
He has become another prominent ex-leaf in recent years, following Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak to win the Cup elsewhere. Kadri’s father, Sam, introduced him to hockey and was with him at the beginning of his career when fans at Montreal’s Bell Center booed his selection.

“For the most part (I wish he had won as Lief),” Elder Kadri said of the 55-year drought. “If his son doesn’t play in the NHL, I want the Leafs to win.”

The more mature Nazem, now husband and father, appeared in 16 games in the playoffs last spring after a career regular season with Colorado.

He came back two weeks later as an overtime winner, putting the Avs up 3-1 in Tampa Bay in the final.

“He traveled,” said Sam. “Like everything in life, you persevere, work hard…and the result is the Stanley Cup.”

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