With only four NHL teams still playing, and one of those on the brink of elimination, the odds are almost guaranteed that a former player from Boston College will get his name on the Stanley Cup this spring (again).
Whoever wins will join a Stanley Cup-winning Boston College contingent that includes Doug Brown (Detroit, 1997, 1998), Brian Gionta (New Jersey, 2003), Bill Guerin (New Jersey 1995, Pittsburgh 2009), Brian Leetch (New York Rangers, 1994), Joe Mullen (Calgary 1989, Pittsburgh 1991, 1992), Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh 2009), Ryan Shannon (Anaheim 2007) and Kevin Stevens (Pittsburgh 1991, 1992).
Los Angeles Kings
Rob Scuderi (BC' 01) won his first Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009, and is just five wins short of adding another ring with a surprising LA squad. A member of BC's NCAA title team in 2001, he has just one assist so far in these playoffs, but has blocked 18 shots and is a plus-8.
New Jersey Devils
Stephen Gionta (BC '06) scored his first career NHL goal in the regular season finale against Ottawa, and has added two more tallies plus two assists in the playoffs while providing energy and physical play on New Jersey's fourth line. He'd like to join older brother Brian in bringing a Stanley Cup to the Garden State—and then there's his own former BC teammate...
Peter Harrold (BC '06) has seen some time on the wing this spring, but has mostly skated on his natural position of defense for the Devils, whom he joined in the off-season from Los Angeles. Despite spending most of the 2011-12 campaign with Albany (AHL), Harrold has provided some offense from the blue line in the NHL postseason in the form of four assists.
New York Rangers
Brian Boyle (BC '07) scored three goals in the first round against Ottawa, but was slowed somewhat since suffering a concussion in the same series off of a Chris Neil hit. He still racked up 50 hits, 29 shots and 13 blocked shots this spring, and had averaged some 13 minutes of ice time in the Eastern Conference finals while winning 15-of-26 faceoffs prior to Game 3.
Chris Kreider (BC '12) has been the rookie find of the playoffs, and stepped right into the Rangers' postseason lineup fresh off a second NCAA title in three years with the Eagles. Despite some rough spots, he has tallied four goals and two assists in his first 14 NHL playoff games, including a pair of game-winners. Plus he's only some four courses shy of obtaining his bachelor's degree, despite leaving the Heights (BC) early to go pro.
There's no one on their roster who attended BC, but the Coyotes are already down 0-3 to the Kings in the Western Conference final, and are likely to be ousted in the next game or two—meaning that someone from BC will be sporting a Stanley Cup ring after this summer.
It's been said that the road to the Stanley Cup begins in Chestnut Hill, Mass., where BC is located. It appears that will "ring" true again in 2012.
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