It took 20 years, but Petr Sykora finally got to skate with the Stanley Cup for the New Jersey Devils.
The former Devils forward took a lap with the Cup to cap New Jersey's 20th anniversary celebration of the 2000 title team before its game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday.
The Devils defeated Dallas in six games in the Cup Final that season, on Jason Arnott's double-overtime goal in Game 6.
Sykora was not part of the celebration after he was injured during the first period of the decisive game, in the first of his two championship wins. Sykora was also injured for the decisive game when his Pittsburgh Penguins won the Cup in 2009 but celebrated after Game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings.
Scott Stevens, Martin Brodeur, Ken Daneyko and Patrik Elias joined Sykora and Arnott as the former Devils greats on the ice for the celebration. The players were flooded with memories from that season, where they won the second of New Jersey's three championships and there was no shortage of reminiscing.
"We had a great mixture, we were a deep team, we had size, we had strength, we could play a lot of different ways and had great goaltending," Stevens said. "It's a special time when you win something like that so it's really nice to get back and see all the guys 20 years later."
"Everyone asks me how I felt, and I tell them I felt relieved," Elias said. "I was like, thank God it's done. Then after that comes all the feelings and emotions and then you realize what you actually just did. They were special moments."
- NHL.com Staff Writer Mike Morreale contributed to this reported.