We’re a few hours away from Game 1 of the all-UND battle in the Stanley Cup Finals.
For today’s paper, I wrote a story about the Zach Parise and Matt Greene connection. They were roommates as freshmen in Walsh Hall and some of their old teammates had some funny stories about that.
For Tuesday’s paper, I wrote about Travis Zajac, who has by far the best faceoff percentage of any centermen in the Stanley Cup Finals. Zajac also is tied for the lead in goals among players in the finals. That’s pretty impressive for a guy who went undrafted in his first year of draft eligibility.
It was fun talking to some old teammates of Parise, Greene and Zajac. The common thread between all of them is how hard they worked and how professional they were when it came time to practice and play.
They’ve all become leaders of their NHL teams and UND will add to its Stanley Cup winner list this summer.
College Hockey Inc., compiled a list of college hockey’s Cup champions (as players) and posted it here. One thing you realize when you start looking at the list is that Sioux fans have been pretty spoiled with former players making deep Cup runs in recent years.
Colorado College has only had one former player win the Cup ever. And Denver hasn’t had a Cup champion in 18 years.
Most recent Cup champions per WCHA team
North Dakota, 2010, Jonathan Toews (Chicago)
Wisconsin, 2010, Adam Burish (Chicago)
Minnesota, 2009, Alex Goligoski (Pittsburgh)
Minnesota State, 2007, Ryan Carter (Anaheim)
St. Cloud State, 2007, Joe Motzko (Anaheim)
Minnesota-Duluth, 2002, Brett Hull (Detroit)
Michigan Tech, 2000, Randy McKay (New Jersey)
Alaska Anchorage, 1995, Mike Peluso (New Jersey)
Colorado College, 1994, Doug Lidster (NY Rangers)
Denver, 1994, Glenn Anderson (NY Rangers)
Bemidji State, 1989, Joel Otto (Calgary)
Nebraska Omaha none