Dustin Penner, a former University of Maine men’s ice hockey player, won the 2012 Stanley Cup on Tuesday night with the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1.
He joins former Black Bear Jimmy Howard, who previously won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings during the 2008 season, as the only UMaine players to have won the Stanley Cup. Penner was also a member of the Stanley Cup winning Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 2006-2007 season. John Tortorella accomplished the feat in 2004 as head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Penner played in all 20 Stanley Cup playoff games for the Kings, scoring three goals and adding eight assists for 11 points. Penner scored the game-winning goal in the Western Conference series-clinching victory over the Phoenix Coyotes, which propelled the Kings to the finals.
Penner led UMaine to the 2004 NCAA title game, earning all-tournament honors in the process. He scored the game-winning goal in Maine’s 2-1 victory over Boston College in the Frozen Four semifinal game.
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