USHL Alumni Hoist Stanley Cup
Monday June 11, 2012
USHL alumni Matt Greene and Trevor Lewis helped the Los Angeles Kings win the first Stanley Cup championship in team history. (photos by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
USHL alums win Stanley Cup for ninth consecutive season
The Los Angeles Kings captured their first Stanley Cup championship after defeating the New Jersey Devils in Game Six to close out the final series and a trio of USHL alumni made big contributions to help the Kings claim the NHL’s top prize, including scoring three of the goals in the 6-1 victory.
Trevor Lewis (Des Moines Buccaneers, 2004-06) scored a goal just over fifteen minutes into the game to complete a three-goal first period for the Kings. It was his first goal of the series. He would add an empty net goal later in the game. Defenseman Matt Greene (Green Bay Gamblers, 2001-02) fired a shot late in the game to give the Kings their sixth goal of the night.
Defenseman Alec Martinez (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, 2004-05), who scored the game-winning goal in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final, logged over fifteen minutes of ice time in the series-clinching game for the Los Angeles Kings.
It would only be fitting in the post game celebrating that Lewis would hand the Stanley Cup over to Martinez as the two both raised the Clark Cup during their time in the USHL. They become only the third and fourth players to win both the Clark Cup and then get their name on the Stanley Cup.
The Los Angeles Kings trio made it nine consecutive seasons that at least one USHL alum would get their name on the Stanley Cup and brings the total of 19 USHL graduates that will have their name engraved on the most historic trophy in sports.
Kings’ forward Scott Parse (Tri-City Storm, 2002-03) and defenseman Davis Drewiske (Des Moines Buccaneers, 2003-04) also played for the team this season but did not appear in the playoffs.
Notes…Referee Chris Rooney worked the decisive Game Six. He is the first former USHL official to earn an assignment for the Stanley Cup Final…Tony Gasparini is also part of the Stanley Cup champs organization. The former USHL head coach (Sioux Falls Stampede, 2001-03) is an amateur scout for the club...Former Cedar Rapids RoughRiders assistant coach Mark Mullen (2007-09) is also a scout for Los Angeles...LA Kings forward Anze Kopitar is the older brother of Des Moines Buccaneers forward Gasper Kopitar.
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Video - Trevor Lewis goal in Game Six of Stanley Cup Final
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