Monday, June 10, 2013

Michigan State to Add One More Name to Stanley Cup

No matter who wins the Stanley Cup this month, one thing is certain: a defenseman from Michigan State will be getting his name on the chalice.

Either it'll be Duncan Keith for the Chicago Blackhawks, who played a season-and-a-half with the Spartans--or Torey Krug, who earned All-America and Hobey Baker finalist status in his three campaigns in Green & White.

Keith got his name on the Cup with Chicago in 2010, the last active NHL player hailing from MSU to do so, and has 11 points in 16 playoff games so far this spring. Krug, who scored four goals in the Eastern Conference semifinal this year, is in his first NHL postseason since turning pro following the 2012 NCAA East Regional.

In all, 11 former Spartans have raised the Cup a total of 12 times, led by Craig Simpson, who won with the Edmonton Oilers in 1988 and 1990.

It's also the first time ever that the Blackhawks and Bruins will face each other in the final, and the first time that two NHL Original Six squads will play for the Cup since Montreal downed the New York Rangers in five games in 1979 to complete a stretch of four consecutive Cups.

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