Monsters celebrate fifth anniversary of Calder Cup ChampionshipJun 10, 2021
The Cleveland Monsters will continue to pay tribute to Friday’s five-year anniversary of winning the 2016 Calder Cup throughout the month of June highlighting moments starting with the Calder Cup Finals and the Monsters Championship Plaza Party, to fan memories and the Championship Parade alongside the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Monsters Team Shop will offer a limited-edition Calder Cup 5th Anniversary Collection with specialty themed items including a hooded sweatshirt, t-shirt, and puck emblazoned with a new commemorative logo. Monsters Hockey Club Members will have early access to the collection starting today followed by General Public access on Friday, June 11, at 11 a.m. The Anniversary Collection and all other Monsters merchandise items will be available online while supplies last at
Fans will be able to relive all the exciting moments through the Monsters social media channels and share their own memories from the historic run while getting the chance to win exclusive giveaways. Items include replica Championship rings, Calder Cup figurines, original Faceoff Magazines from the Cup-clinching Game 4, and Oliver Bjorkstrand bobbleheads depicting the forward’s memorable celebration after scoring the goal that supplied Cleveland with the 2016 Calder Cup and the city’s first professional hockey championship since 1964.
Additionally, the Monsters Community Foundation will hold a special raffle for a 2016 Calder Cup Team Signed Frame Photo through DASH Auction from June 10 at 10 a.m. until June 14 at 5 p.m. Fans will be able to purchase tickets for the chance to win starting at $5 with the winner being notified via email once the raffle closes.
The Monsters entered the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs after finishing second in the Central Division with a 43-22-6-5 record during the regular season. The team took control of the Central Division Semi-Finals against the Rockford IceHogs, carrying out a three-game sweep in the best-of-five game series before facing off against the Grand Rapids Griffins in the Central Division Finals. The Monsters closed out their best-of-seven series against the Griffins in six games with two matchups decided in overtime. Moving on to the Western Conference Finals, the Monsters met the Ontario Reign and completed another series sweep concluding with the longest game of the team’s postseason with the deciding goal coming six-plus minutes into a second overtime period.
The Monsters faced off against the Hershey Bears in the Calder Cup Finals and finalized their third sweep of the postseason with two of the victories decided in overtime, including the team’s historic cup-clinching game. The decisive fourth game of the series that culminated in the Monsters claiming the Calder Cup, was played in front of a sold-out crowd of 19,665 fans, marking the largest crowd in franchise history and second largest in American Hockey League playoff history.
Monsters alumni and current Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand scored the Cup-clinching marker with 1.9 seconds left in overtime for his team-leading 10th goal of the postseason. The Herning, Denmark, native was named the Most Valuable Player of the Calder Cup Playoffs claiming the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy.