UND is guaranteed to have a former player in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Former Sioux captain Matt Greene and the Los Angeles Kings earned a trip to the Western Conference Finals on Sunday, finishing off a sweep of the St. Louis Blues.
Greene had a point in every game of the series and will take a four-game point streak into the conference finals. Greene has the same number of points as Jeff Carter.
Greene came within one game of winning the Stanley Cup as a rookie with the Edmonton Oilers, but they lost to former Sioux defenseman Mike Commodore and the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7.
On the other side of the Western Conference Finals will be the Phoenix Coyotes, who are coached by former Sioux forward Dave Tippett.
For Tippett, this is the second different team he has coached to the conference finals in the last five years
Three years ago, the Dallas Stars fired Tippett — a move they may be regretting. Since that move, the Stars have not made the playoffs, while the Coyotes have made the playoffs all three years under Tippett.
Another interesting side note to this series is that it is Ron Hextall’s team against Brett Hextall’s team. Ron, Brett’s father, is the assistant general manager of the Kings. Brett is one of the healthy scratches or Black Aces for the Phoenix Coyotes. Brett hasn’t played for Phoenix yet this year, nor will he, but he’s with the Coyotes right now.
Matt Watkins also is with Phoenix. He’s played one game this season for Phoenix and depending on injuries and/or suspensions, it’s possible he could work his way in for a game.
One other connection is Phoenix video coordinator Steve Peters, a goaltender from 1986-90. Peters didn’t play any games as a rookie on the Hrkac Circus team — there was another rookie goalie who happened to steal the show — but played the next three seasons.