Matt Greene walked into the Los Angeles Kings locker room Monday night after winning his first Stanley Cup.
Nobody else was in there for the next 15 minutes.
Greene sat down in his locker, had a nice, cold beverage, looked utterly exhausted and enjoyed the moment.
NHL Network detailed that story as the analysts raved about the play of the former Sioux captain.
Not only was Greene his normal shutdown self on Monday night during the Kings’ 6-1 win in Game 6 of the Cup Finals, he even sniped a goal from the point to clinch the victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Greene is the third former Sioux to be one of the captains of a Stanley Cup winning team in the last 13 years, joining Craig Ludwig and Jonathan Toews.
Here’s a column that I wrote about Greene for today’s paper. It details what a vital role he played in turning the Kings from the worst team in the NHL to the best team in the NHL.
Greene doesn’t get a lot of credit because of the style of game he plays, but he was a critical player for the Stanley Cup champions.
Defenseman hits in playoffs
1. Matt Greene, LAK, 77
2. Michael Del Zotto, NYR, 62
3. Anton Volchenkov, NJ, 57
4. Bryce Salvador, NJ, 54