Newfoundlanders Destined for Cup FameBy
It’s unprecedented times here in Newfoundland and Labrador. There are many hockey players from the province that dream of one day raising the cup but in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs there will be at least one Newfoundlander who will get that opportunity.
In 2008, Dan Cleary became the first Newfoundlander to have his name engraved on the cup and to bring Lord Stanley’s trophy to the island. Unfortunately, Cleary and his Wings were eliminated in a nail biter last night when eliminated by the San Jose Sharks but that’s not the end of Newfoundlander’s fighting for the cup.
San Jose has Ryan Clowe in the lineup and he has proven to be a force in the playoffs. The Sharks’ leading scorer in the playoffs is well positioned with only 4 teams remaining.
We can’t forget Michael Ryder of the Bruins. He’s once again caught up in the thick of things as the Bruins will now square off against Tampa Bay and another Newfoundlander in Teddy Purcell in what’s looking to be a great series.
The Vancouver Canucks also have a Newfoundland connection but not on the ice. Darrell Williams is their video coach and he hails from St. John’s. Playing a pivotal role in the organization, Williams has the opportunity of a lifetime as the Presidents Cup winning Canucks continues its quest to Lord Stanley!
Exciting times for Newfoundland and Labrador.
Who do you have picked as the favourite?