Matt Greene has won the Stanley Cup again.
The former UND captain became the program’s fourth two-time winner, joining Jonathan Toews, Jay Caufield and Craig Ludwig after the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime in Game 5 of the Finals.
Greene started the play on the game-winning goal, breaking up a pass in the defensive zone and sending the play the other way, where eventually former Miami RedHawk Alec Martinez found a rebound and finished off the victory.
There will be a column on Greene in Sunday’s Herald.
Greene was a scratch in the first game of the playoffs and a minus-4 in the second game after that, he was a +8 and he was on the ice for the series-clinching goals in both the conference finals and Cup Finals.
After the win, Greene told CBC that he plans to do something different with the Cup this time around, but he didn’t specify his plans. He also said that he’d like to make a run at more titles with the Kings. Greene becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
For now, he will continue to celebrate with the Cup, though. The Kings have planned a parade for 2 p.m. Central on Monday in Los Angeles.
With Friday’s result, a former UND player has been one of the captains on four of the last five Stanley Cup-winning teams.
UND’s Cup champs
1986 — Craig Ludwig, Montreal
1990 — Geoff Smith, Edmonton
1991 — Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh
1992 — Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh
1996 — Troy Murray, Colorado
1999 — Ed Belfour, Dallas
1999 — Tony Hrkac, Dallas
1999 — Craig Ludwig, Dallas (A)
1999 — Rick Wilson, Dallas (assistant coach)
2000 — Brad Bombardir, New Jersey
2006 — Mike Commodore, Carolina
2010 — Jonathan Toews, Chicago (C)
2012 — Matt Greene, Los Angeles (A)
2013 — Jonathan Toews, Chicago (C)
2014 — Matt Greene, Los Angeles (A)
*Photo credits: Reuters, USA Today Sports.