Lightning’s Pat Maroon expresses distaste for Avalanche honcho Stan Kroenke

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Tampa Bay Lightning winger Pat Maroon has a little extra motivation heading into the Stanley Cup Final against the Colorado Avalanche with Game 1 set for Wednesday night.

Maroon will be looking for his fourth straight Stanley Cup title. He won with the St. Louis Blues in 2019 and in back-to-back years with the Lightning. 

But against the Avalanche, he’s playing with even more fire. Maroon expressed his distaste for business mogul Stan Kroenke.

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the first period in Game 4 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals June 7, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. 
(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

“I hate Stan Kroenke. I’m a St. Louis boy. I can’t stand that guy because he took the Rams from St. Louis,” Maroon said Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show.”

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The current Los Angeles Rams team owner moved the franchise from St. Louis to the West Coast. 

Kroenke had ownership stakes in the Avalanche and the Denver Nuggets before he was forced to sell his stake in the franchises to take majority ownership of the Rams. He transferred ownership of those teams to his wife Anna Walton Kroenke.

Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke walks on the field during a game against the Tennessee Titans Nov. 7, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif.

Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke walks on the field during a game against the Tennessee Titans Nov. 7, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif.
(AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

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“To have that (the Rams) taken away from us … It just sucks. I know we had terrible years. (Former Rams defensive end) Chris Long would always tell me, ‘I mean our teams are terrible.’ And then he goes away and wins back-to-back Super Bowls,” Maroon said.

“So it’s just like you go from that environment to that, and you wonder why … But the fans are true passion in St. Louis, and I just can’t stand that guy (Kroenke) for taking them (The Rams) out of there.”

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon, right, celebrates after scoring a goal in front of New York Rangers center Tyler Motte during the first period in Game 4 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals June 7, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon, right, celebrates after scoring a goal in front of New York Rangers center Tyler Motte during the first period in Game 4 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals June 7, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.
(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

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The veteran has appeared in 17 games for Tampa Bay in this postseason. He has three goals and an assist.