June 3, 2014
Hockey East alums Jonathan Quick, Brian Boyle and Chris Kreider
Looking to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons, former University of Massachusetts goaltender Jonathan Quick will lead his Los Angeles Kings against the New York Rangers and former Boston College Eagles Brian Boyle and Chris Kreider in the 2014 Stanley Cup finals, which begin with Game 1 tomorrow.
Quick backstopped the low-seeded Kings to a thrilling Stanley Cup championship in 2012, and garnered the Conn Smythe trophy (playoff MVP) for his efforts. It will be the first appearance in the finals for both Boyle and Kreider, but each played a big role in the Rangers' run to the conference final round two years ago, Kreider just weeks after winning his second Frozen Four championship in three years with the Eagles.
Boyle (2003-07) and Quick (2005-07) were contemporaries in Hockey East. Quick went 3-2 with a 3.05 GAA and .928 save percentage against Boyle and national powerhouse Boston College, but Boyle put up impressive numbers as well in those contests, accounting for four of the 16 goals BC scored against Quick in that span and assisting on four others.
No fewer than five other Hockey East schools have notable connections to this year's Stanley Cup final, most significantly the University of Vermont. Catamount fans will be rooting hard for two-time Hobey Baker finalist Martin St. Louis ('97), who is leading the Rangers in playoff scoring. He already has his name on the Cup once, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to the title in 2004. In the Rangers' press box throughout this year's Stanley Cup run has been Conor Allen, a reserve defenseman who played at UMass from 2010 to 2013, and Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clark, who starred for the University of New Hampshire from 1971 to 1974. Former Boston University goaltender Jack Ferreira is Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Los Angeles Kings. Former BU assistant coach Bob Crocker and former UMass Lowell and Northeastern equipment manager Dana Bryson also work for the Kings.
A total of 26 former Hockey East athletes have had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup as players, most recently Ben Smith (BC '10) and Viktor Stalberg (UVM '09) with last year's Chicago Blackhawks. Quick would be the eighth to have his name appear twice.