In the last 30 years, Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic and Scott Stevens are the only players to captain two Stanley Cup champion teams.
Add Jonathan Toews to that list.
The former UND standout won his second Stanley Cup on Monday night, scoring a goal and adding an assist in Chicago’s 3-2 win in Game 6.
Since 1913, only two players have captained two Cup teams at age 25. They are Toews and Gretzky.
Toews had some tough moments during the playoffs, but ended up tallying five points in the last three games and was on the ice for 8 of Chicago’s last 12 goals in the series.
And for Toews, this only means his legacy grows. At age 25, he already has two Stanley Cups, an Olympic gold medal, an IIHF gold medal, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Frank Selke Trophy. There’s more about that in this column here.
The Ralph now needs to do even more work on the NHL wall just outside of the locker room. It needs to add a plaque for Toews’ Selke Trophy and another shot of Toews with the Cup.
UND on the Stanley Cup
Gord Sherven, Edmonton, 1983-84
Craig Ludwig, Montreal, 1985-86
Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh, 1990-91
Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh, 1991-92
Troy Murray, Colorado, 1995-96
Ed Belfour, Dallas, 1998-99
Tony Hrkac, Dallas, 1998-99
(A) Craig Ludwig, Dallas, 1998-99
Rick Wilson, Dallas, 1998-99 (assistant coach)
Brad Bombardir, New Jersey, 1999-00
Mike Commodore, Carolina, 2005-06
(C) Jonathan Toews, Chicago, 2009-10 (Conn Smythe Trophy winner)
(A) Matt Greene, Los Angeles, 2011-12
(C) Jonathan Toews, Chicago, 2012-13
(captains in bold)