June 27, 2013
Viktor Stalberg (pictured) and Ben Smith won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks
Wakefield, Mass. -- Vermont alum Viktor Stålberg and Boston College alumni Ben Smith were two former Hockey East players to win the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 vs. the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden on Monday.
Stålberg played in 19 games in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs registering three assists. He skated in the final four Stanley Cup Final games vs. Boston. Smith skated in one playoff game, Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, in place of an injured Marian Hossa.
In addition to the players, the Blackhawks have Hockey East ties as part of their Stanley Cup winning staff, including; former Merrimack head coach and Boston University alum Ron Anderson (Director of Player Recruitment), Paul Goodman (strength and conditioning coach), the former strength and conditioning coach at Vermont, former Merrimack goaltender Mike Doneghey (amateur scout) and former Maine blueliner Keith Carney (Player Development Coach).
34 Hockey East alumni have won the Stanley Cup in the 29-year history of the league.
The Hockey East Association is a 10-team Division I college men's hockey conference founded in 1984 and an eightteam Division I women's league which began play in 2002-03. The men's league has won eight NCAA championships in the past 21 years. Since 1999, Hockey East has won six NCAA Championships and have placed 21 teams in the Frozen Four, along with 56 teams in the NCAA Tournament.