Former Penticton Panthers Duncan Keith and Kyle Cumiskey and the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup Monday night at the United Center, blanking the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0. For Keith, and a good chunk of the roster, it was their third Cup in six years.
Keith, who calls Penticton home in the off-season, played two seasons or 119 games for the Penticton Panthers from 1999-2001 before a season and a half of college hockey at Michigan State; he was drafted by Chicago out of Michigan State in 2002. Keith then played half a season with the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL and won a championship in 2003. Cumiskey played for the Panthers in the 2002-03 season, before winning a Memorial Cup in 2004 with the Rockets.
Keith also took home the Conn Smythe Trophy, the award that’s handed out to the Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP. How good was he? From the NHL:
“(Scored the game winning-goal) It was his 21st point of the playoffs, which tied Chris Chelios for the most points by a Blackhawks defenseman in a postseason. It tied Chris Pronger for the most points by a defenseman in the past 20 years; Pronger had 21 in 2006 with the Edmonton Oilers.
Keith, who led defenseman in the playoffs with 18 assists, became the first defenseman to win the Conn Smythe since Scott Niedermayer in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks. Keith has won the Norris Trophy twice and has two Olympic gold medals.”
So Lord Stanley should be getting another tan in Penticton this summer.
Now that the NHL season is officially over, former Vees defenseman Mike Reilly is now a Free Agent. Reilly is one of the most sought after UFA’s on the NHL market, as several teams are lining up for his services. Reilly did win a bronze medal at the IIHF World Hockey Championship with Team USA in May. He spent the last three seasons at the University of Minnesota and will forgo his Senior year to sign in the NHL.
The Score has an article on Reilly and what may lay ahead. CLICK HERE
Keith wasn’t the only Penticton alum to get his hands on a Cup, as former Penticton Vees goaltender Joel Rumpel won the ECHL Kelly Cup Championship with the Allen Americans on Sunday afternoon. The Americans beat the South Carolina Stingrays in Game 7 at home to capture their first Kelly Cup in their first year in the ECHL; they had won back-to-back CHL Championships before making the jump.
Rumpel was signed by the San Jose Sharks after his senior year at Wisconsin, then was reassigned to Allen for their playoff run. Rumpel did go to Worcester, the Sharks AHL affiliate, before finding his way to Allen; their ECHL affiliate. Rumpel played in seven playoff games for the Americans, posting a 3-2 record and 2.94 goals-against average.
For a full recap of the Kelly Cup and the Americans win, CLICK HERE.