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2017 Stanley Cup Finals

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2017 Stanley Cup Finals
2017 Stanley Cup Finals logo.png
123456 Total
Nashville Predators 315400 2
Pittsburgh Penguins 541162 4
Location(s)Nashville: Bridgestone Arena (3, 4, 6)
Pittsburgh: PPG Paints Arena (1, 2, 5)
CoachesNashville: Peter Laviolette
Pittsburgh: Mike Sullivan
CaptainsNashville: Mike Fisher
Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby
National anthemsNashville: Martina McBride (game three), Dierks Bentley (game four), Faith Hill (game six)
Pittsburgh: Jeff Jimerson
RefereesWes McCauley (1, 3, 5)
Brad Meier (1, 3, 5)
Dan O'Halloran (2, 4, 6)
Kevin Pollock (2, 4, 6)
DatesMay 29 – June 11
MVPSidney Crosby (Penguins)
Series-winning goalPatric Hornqvist (18:25, Third, G6)
NetworksCanada (English): CBC
Canada (French): TVA Sports
United States (English): NBC and NBCSN
Announcers(CBC) Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson
(TVA) Felix Seguin, Patrick Lalime, Renaud Lavoie
(NBC/NBCSN) Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
(NHL International) Steve Mears, Kevin Weekes
(NBC Sports Radio & NHL Radio) Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, Ray Ferraro

The 2017 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2016–17 season, and the culmination of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion and defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators, four games to two. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs for the second consecutive year. The Penguins won the Stanley Cup in their opponent's rink, for the fifth time.

During the regular season, the Penguins finished second in the league with 111 points, which gave them home ice advantage in the series. The series began on May 29 and concluded on June 11.[1] The Penguins made their second consecutive Finals appearance, marking the third time in their history they had done this, following their appearances in 19911992 and 20082009. This was the first time since 2009, a rematch between the Penguins and Detroit Red Wings, that any team appeared in consecutive Finals. The Penguins also became the first team since the Red Wings (in 1997 and 1998) to win the Stanley Cup in consecutive years and the first to do so since the introduction of the salary cap. They also became the fifth franchise to accomplish this feat more than once.

This marked the second consecutive season in which a Western Conference team made their first appearance in the Finals; the San Jose Sharks made their Finals debut the year prior. This was the first time in NHL history that two United States–born head coaches faced off against each other in the Stanley Cup Finals.[2]

The Penguins won the first two games of the series despite being massively outshot by the Predators in both games. Nashville tied the series at two with a pair of convincing wins at home. However, Penguins goaltender Matt Murray shut out the Predators for the remainder of the series. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan became the third coach in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup in his first two seasons as a coach with his team, joining Pete Green of the original Ottawa Senators (in 1920 and 1921) and Toe Blake of the Montreal Canadiens (in 1956 and 1957). This was the first Final since 1983 in which no game was decided by one goal, and the second Final in three years to have none of its games reach overtime.

Paths to the Finals

Pittsburgh Penguins

This was Pittsburgh's second consecutive Finals appearance, and sixth overall. The Penguins did not make any major transactions during the offseason, instead signing head coach Mike Sullivan to a three-year extension. At the deadline, Pittsburgh acquired defencemen Ron Hainsey and Mark Streit via trade, which proved helpful for depth when star Kris Letang suffered a season-ending injury just weeks before the playoffs started.

Pittsburgh finished with 111 points (50–21–11) during the regular season to finish second in the Metropolitan Division and second overall among playoff teams. Center and team captain Sidney Crosby led the Penguins with 89 points, which ranked second in the league, and won the Rocket Richard Trophy with 44 goals. Phil Kessel led the team in assists with 47.

In the playoffs, the Penguins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games, eliminated the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals for a second consecutive year, this time in seven games, and edged the Ottawa Senators in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals after Chris Kunitz scored in double overtime of game seven.[3]

Nashville Predators

This was Nashville's first Stanley Cup Finals appearance in its 19-year history.

During the offseason, Nashville traded defenceman and long-time team captain Shea Weber to Montreal for defenceman P. K. Subban, and during the regular season, traded for forwards Cody McLeod and Vernon Fiddler. The Predators also re-signed forward Filip Forsberg during the offseason.

Nashville finished with 94 points (41–29–12) during the regular season to finish as the second wild-card team in the Western Conference, and the 16th overall and last-seeded playoff team. Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson tied for the team lead in regular-season goal-scoring with 31 each. Ryan Johansen led the team in assists with 47. Arvidsson and Johansen tied for the team lead in points with 61.

The Predators started the playoffs by upsetting the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks in four games, becoming the first wild-card team in NHL history to sweep the top seed in their conference. They followed that up by eliminating the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks, both in six games. Kevin Fiala and Johansen sustained serious leg injuries in the second and third rounds respectively, and both missed the remainder of the playoffs. The Predators were the third different franchise that head coach Peter Laviolette led to the Stanley Cup Finals. He won the Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, and also took the Philadelphia Flyers to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.[4]

Game summaries

Game one

Nick Bonino scored twice in Game 1.
Nick Bonino scored twice in Game 1.

Late in the first period, penalties from Nashville forwards Calle Jarnkrok and James Neal gave Pittsburgh a full two-minute 5-on-3 power play, and Evgeni Malkin scored to make it 1–0. Just 1:15 later, Conor Sheary scored into an open net after a cross-ice pass from Chris Kunitz caught Nashville's defence off guard. In the final seconds of the period, a centring pass from Nick Bonino deflected off Mattias Ekholm and into the net to give Pittsburgh a 3–0 lead. Following Bonino's goal, the Penguins went 37 consecutive minutes without a shot on goal, including the entire second period. The Predators used power-play goals from Ryan Ellis and Colton Sissons to make it 3–2, and Frederick Gaudreau scored immediately following a Penguins power play to tie the game midway through the third. Soon afterwards, Pittsburgh's first shot since the first period resulted in a Jake Guentzel goal to give Pittsburgh the lead again. Bonino scored again into an empty net to clinch the victory for Pittsburgh.[5]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st PIT Evgeni Malkin (8) – pp Trevor Daley (3) and Sidney Crosby (14) 15:32 1–0 PIT
PIT Conor Sheary (1) Chris Kunitz (4) and Sidney Crosby (15) 16:37 2–0 PIT
PIT Nick Bonino (3) Brian Dumoulin (3) 19:43 3–0 PIT
2nd NSH Ryan Ellis (5) – pp P. K. Subban (9) and Mike Fisher (1) 08:21 3–1 PIT
3rd NSH Colton Sissons (6) – pp Roman Josi (6) and Calle Jarnkrok (3) 10:06 3–2 PIT
NSH Frederick Gaudreau (1) Austin Watson (3) and Mike Fisher (2) 13:29 3–3
PIT Jake Guentzel (10) Matt Cullen (6) and Justin Schultz (8) 16:43 4–3 PIT
PIT Nick Bonino (4) – en Chris Kunitz (5) 18:58 5–3 PIT
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st NSH Calle Jarnkrok Interference 13:50 2:00
NSH James Neal Cross-checking 13:50 2:00
2nd PIT Olli Maatta Interference 03:43 2:00
PIT Ian Cole Roughing 06:39 2:00
3rd PIT Evgeni Malkin Slashing 09:36 2:00
NSH P. K. Subban Delay of game (puck over glass) 11:24 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Nashville 11 9 6 26
Pittsburgh 8 0 4 12

Game two

Jake Guentzel scored twice, including his second-consecutive game-winning goal, in Game 2.
Jake Guentzel scored twice, including his second-consecutive game-winning goal, in Game 2.

Midway through the first, the Predators took their first-ever lead in a Stanley Cup Finals game when Pontus Aberg scored around Olli Maatta. The Penguins tied it late in the period when a Guentzel tip sneaked past Pekka Rinne. After a scoreless second period in which the Predators took twice as many shots as the Penguins, Pittsburgh came out firing in the third, scoring three goals in 3:18. The first was Guentzel's twelfth of the playoffs, making him the first rookie since Dino Ciccarelli to score twelve times in a single postseason. The next two goals came 15 seconds apart and prompted Predators head coach Peter Laviolette to replace Rinne with backup Juuse Saros. Nashville never cut into the deficit as Pittsburgh won the game by 4–1.[6]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st NSH Pontus Aberg (2) Viktor Arvidsson (9) and Mike Fisher (3) 12:57 1–0 NSH
PIT Jake Guentzel (11) Conor Sheary (5) and Chris Kunitz (6) 16:36 1–1
2nd None
3rd PIT Jake Guentzel (12) Bryan Rust (2) and Ron Hainsey (5) 00:10 2–1 PIT
PIT Scott Wilson (3) Phil Kessel (13) and Matt Cullen (7) 03:13 3–1 PIT
PIT Evgeni Malkin (9) Chris Kunitz (7) and Ian Cole (8) 03:28 4–1 PIT
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st NSH Craig Smith Cross checking 02:04 2:00
PIT Chris Kunitz Cross checking 09:36 2:00
PIT Evgeni Malkin Hooking 09:36 2:00
NSH Mike Fisher Interference 10:34 2:00
NSH Roman Josi Cross checking 14:32 2:00
2nd NSH Austin Watson Interference 11:48 2:00
NSH Cody McLeod High-Sticking 17:25 2:00
3rd NSH Pontus Aberg Slashing 04:51 2:00
PIT Sidney Crosby Interference 09:20 2:00
PIT Evgeni Malkin Fighting – major 12:14 5:00
PIT Evgeni Malkin Roughing 12:14 2:00
NSH P. K. Subban Fighting – major 12:14 5:00
NSH Cody McLeod Interference 18:01 2:00
PIT Chris Kunitz Slashing 18:29 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Nashville 18 14 6 38
Pittsburgh 12 7 8 29

Game three

Roman Josi scored a goal and three points in Game 3.
Roman Josi scored a goal and three points in Game 3.

Jake Guentzel came within one goal of Dino Ciccarelli's rookie playoff record when a shot 2:46 into the game got past Pekka Rinne. In the second period, Roman Josi and Frederick Gaudreau scored only 42 seconds apart to quickly give Nashville the lead. Neal scored with 23 seconds left in the second to give the Predators a two-goal lead. In the third period, a breakaway by Craig Smith and a goal by Ekholm provided insurance in a 5–1 victory for Nashville. Near the end of the game, several misconducts were assessed after a cross checking by Phil Kessel drew a crowd and fights broke out.[7]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st PIT Jake Guentzel (13) Ian Cole (9) and Sidney Crosby (16) 2:46 1–0 PIT
2nd NSH Roman Josi (6) – pp Calle Jarnkrok and Mattias Ekholm (9) 5:51 1–1
NSH Frederick Gaudreau (2) Austin Watson (4) and Roman Josi (7) 6:33 2–1 NSH
NSH James Neal (6) Viktor Arvidsson (10) and Roman Josi (8) 19:37 3–1 NSH
3rd NSH Craig Smith (1) Unassisted 4:54 4–1 NSH
NSH Mattias Ekholm (1) – pp Calle Jarnkrok (5) and Colton Sissons (6) 13:10 5–1 NSH
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st NSH P. K. Subban Holding 4:50 2:00
NSH Bench (served by James Neal) Too many men on the ice 12:44 2:00
2nd PIT Justin Schultz Holding 4:13 2:00
NSH Ryan Ellis Boarding 16:37 2:00
3rd PIT Carl Hagelin Roughing 10:42 2:00
NSH Mattias Ekholm Roughing 10:42 2:00
PIT Sidney Crosby Boarding 12:43 2:00
PIT Evgeni Malkin Cross checking 12:43 2:00
NSH Filip Forsberg Cross checking 12:43 2:00
PIT Trevor Daley Holding 15:24 2:00
NSH Viktor Arvidsson Holding 15:24 2:00
NSH James Neal Unsportsmanlike conduct 15:24 2:00
PIT Ian Cole Roughing 15:24 2:00
PIT Patric Hornqvist Misconduct 15:38 10:00
NSH Mattias Ekholm Misconduct 15:38 10:00
PIT Phil Kessel Cross checking 17:01 2:00
PIT Chris Kunitz Misconduct 17:01 10:00
NSH Austin Watson Misconduct 17:01 10:00
PIT Matt Cullen Misconduct 17:01 10:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Pittsburgh 6 13 9 28
Nashville 12 16 5 33

Game four

Pekka Rinne saved 23 of 24 shots faced in Game 4.
Pekka Rinne saved 23 of 24 shots faced in Game 4.

Calle Jarnkrok gave Nashville an early lead, but a breakaway goal by Sidney Crosby tied the score at one. In the second period, after a Penguins breakaway was stopped by Rinne, Gaudreau's wrap-around shot appeared to be stopped by Matt Murray, but video review showed the puck sneak under Murray's paddle and across the goal line before Murray sent it back out. A breakaway goal by Viktor Arvidsson gave the Predators their third goal of the game. Rinne would stop all nine shots faced in the third period and an empty-net goal by Filip Forsberg gave Nashville a 4–1 win and tied the series 2–2.[8]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st NSH Calle Jarnkrok (2) Craig Smith (2) and Austin Watson (5) 14:51 1–0 NSH
PIT Sidney Crosby (8) Brian Dumoulin (4) 15:57 1–1
2nd NSH Frederick Gaudreau (3) Ryan Ellis (8) and Harry Zolnierczyk (2) 03:45 2–1 NSH
NSH Viktor Arvidsson (3) Mike Fisher (4) and James Neal (3) 13:08 3–1 NSH
3rd NSH Filip Forsberg (9) – en Unassisted 16:37 4–1 NSH
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st PIT Patric Hornqvist Tripping 07:15 2:00
NSH James Neal Interference 19:18 2:00
2nd PIT Ron Hainsey High-sticking 06:15 2:00
3rd NSH Mattias Ekholm Roughing 18:21 2:00
PIT Josh Archibald Roughing 18:21 2:00
NSH Mattias Ekholm Slashing 18:21 2:00
NSH Ryan Ellis Cross checking 19:35 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Pittsburgh 6 8 10 24
Nashville 7 8 11 26

Game five

Matt Murray registered a 24-save shutout, his first of back-to-back shutouts, in Game 5.
Matt Murray registered a 24-save shutout, his first of back-to-back shutouts, in Game 5.

Justin Schultz scored for Pittsburgh early in the first period on the power play. Two more goals from the Penguins caused Nashville to again replace Rinne with Saros in net to start the second period. Pittsburgh scored three more times in the second, the first from Conor Sheary. Guentzel assisted on Sheary's goal, tying the rookie record for points in a single postseason (21). Kessel and Ron Hainsey scored the last of Pittsburgh's six goals; Kessel and Crosby both ended the game with three points. Neither team scored in the third period, making Matt Murray the first rookie since Cam Ward in 2006 to record a shutout in the Stanley Cup Finals. During the third period, 20 penalties were assessed, the most in one period since the third game of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.[9]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st PIT Justin Schultz (4) – pp Sidney Crosby (17) and Patric Hornqvist (4) 01:31 1–0 PIT
PIT Bryan Rust (7) Chris Kunitz (8) and Trevor Daley (4) 06:43 2–0 PIT
PIT Evgeni Malkin (10) Phil Kessel (14) and Ron Hainsey (6) 19:49 3–0 PIT
2nd PIT Conor Sheary (2) Sidney Crosby (18) and Jake Guentzel (8) 01:19 4–0 PIT
PIT Phil Kessel (8) Olli Maatta (6) and Sidney Crosby (19) 08:02 5–0 PIT
PIT Ron Hainsey (2) Evgeni Malkin (18) and Phil Kessel (15) 16:40 6–0 PIT
3rd None
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st NSH Ryan Ellis Holding 00:50 2:00
PIT Bench (served by Scott Wilson) Too many men on ice 10:06 2:00
NSH P. K. Subban Holding 18:28 2:00
PIT Sidney Crosby Holding 18:28 2:00
2nd NSH Filip Forsberg Goaltender interference 13:02 2:00
3rd PIT Bryan Rust Tripping 03:45 2:00
NSH James Neal Cross checking 07:31 2:00
PIT Evgeni Malkin Roughing 11:32 2:00
NSH P. K. Subban Unsportsmanlike conduct 11:32 2:00
NSH Roman Josi Interference 11:32 2:00
PIT Patric Hornqvist Unsportsmanlike conduct 11:32 2:00
NSH Roman Josi Roughing 11:32 2:00
NSH Viktor Arvidsson Fighting – major 11:32 5:00
NSH Roman Josi Roughing 11:32 2:00
NSH Viktor Arvidsson Misconduct 11:32 10:00
PIT Carl Hagelin Misconduct 11:32 10:00
PIT Carl Hagelin Fighting – major 11:32 5:00
PIT Evgeni Malkin Roughing 11:32 2:00
NSH Austin Watson Charging 12:40 2:00
NSH Colton Sissons Match penalty 19:26 5:00
NSH Yannick Weber Fighting – major 19:26 5:00
NSH Austin Watson Misconduct 19:26 10:00
PIT Trevor Daley Misconduct 19:26 10:00
PIT Chris Kunitz Fighting – major 19:26 5:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Nashville 9 6 9 24
Pittsburgh 9 10 5 24

Game six

Patric Hörnqvist scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in Game 6.
Patric Hörnqvist scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in Game 6.

The game remained scoreless until the final two minutes of the third period when former Predator Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 left in the game. Nashville challenged for goaltender interference, but the on-ice ruling was upheld. Carl Hagelin added an empty net goal with 15 seconds remaining.[10][11]

During the second period, a quick whistle prevented a Predators' scoring chance that almost certainly would have resulted in a goal. Referee Kevin Pollock thought Murray had covered a Forsberg shot, but the puck was, in fact, loose in the goal crease.[12]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st None
2nd None
PIT Patric Hornqvist (5) Justin Schultz (2) and Chris Kunitz (6) 18:25 1–0 PIT
PIT Carl Hagelin (2) – en Brian Dumoulin (5) 19:46 2–0 PIT
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st PIT Ian Cole Interference 13:14 2:00
2nd PIT Conor Sheary Tripping 04:38 2:00
3rd PIT Olli Maatta Tripping 07:19 2:00
PIT Trevor Daley Roughing 08:47 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Pittsburgh 9 13 7 29
Nashville 8 11 8 27

Team rosters

Pittsburgh Penguins

Sidney Crosby captained the Penguins to their second-consecutive Stanley Cup championship and fourth Finals appearance in ten seasons
Sidney Crosby captained the Penguins to their second-consecutive Stanley Cup championship and fourth Finals appearance in ten seasons
# Nat Player Position Hand Age Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
45 United States Josh Archibald RW R 24 2011 Regina, Saskatchewan first
13 United States Nick Bonino C L 29 2015 Hartford, Connecticut second (2016)
28 United States Ian Cole D L 28 2015 Ann Arbor, Michigan second (2016)
87 Canada Sidney Crosby – C C L 29 2005 Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia fourth (2008, 2009, 2016)
7 United States Matt Cullen C L 40 2015 Virginia, Minnesota third (2006, 2016)
6 Canada Trevor Daley D L 33 2015 Toronto, Ontario second (2016)
8 United States Brian Dumoulin D L 25 2012 Biddeford, Maine second (2016)
29 Canada Marc-Andre Fleury G L 32 2003 Sorel-Tracy, Quebec fourth (2008, 2009, 2016)
59 United States Jake Guentzel C/LW L 22 2013 Omaha, Nebraska first
62 Sweden Carl Hagelin LW L 28 2016 Södertälje, Sweden third (2014, 2016)
65 United States Ron Hainsey D L 36 2017 Bolton, Connecticut first
72 Sweden Patric Hornqvist RW R 30 2014 Sollentuna, Sweden second (2016)
81 United States Phil Kessel RW R 29 2015 Madison, Wisconsin second (2016)
34 Germany Tom Kuhnhackl LW L 25 2010 Landshut, Germany second (2016)
14 Canada Chris Kunitz – A LW L 37 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan fourth (2007, 2009, 2016)
3 Finland Olli Maatta D L 22 2012 Jyväskylä, Finland second (2016)
71 Russia Evgeni Malkin – A C L 30 2004 Magnitogorsk, Soviet Union fourth (2008, 2009, 2016)
30 Canada Matt Murray G L 23 2012 Thunder Bay, Ontario second (2016)
37 Canada Carter Rowney C/RW R 28 2016 Sexsmith, Alberta first
17 United States Bryan Rust RW R 25 2010 Pontiac, Michigan second (2016)
4 Canada Justin Schultz D R 26 2016 Kelowna, British Columbia second (2016)
43 United States Conor Sheary LW L 24 2015 Melrose, Massachusetts second (2016)
32 Switzerland Mark Streit D L 39 2017 Bern, Switzerland first
23 Canada Scott Wilson LW L 25 2011 Oakville, Ontario first

Nashville Predators

Roman Josi captained the Predators to their first Stanley Cup finals appearance in franchise history, becoming the first Swiss player to do in league history
Roman Josi captained the Predators to their first Stanley Cup finals appearance in franchise history, becoming the first Swiss player to do in league history
# Nat Player Position Hand Age Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
46 Sweden Pontus Aberg LW R 23 2012 Stockholm, Sweden first
38 Sweden Viktor Arvidsson LW R 24 2014 Skellefteå, Sweden first
14 Sweden Mattias Ekholm D L 27 2009 Borlänge, Sweden first
4 Canada Ryan Ellis – A D R 26 2009 Hamilton, Ontario first
83 Canada Vernon Fiddler C L 37 2017 Edmonton, Alberta first
12 Canada Mike Fisher – C C R 36 2011 Peterborough, Ontario second (2007)
9 Sweden Filip Forsberg LW R 22 2013 Östervåla, Sweden first
32 Canada Frederick Gaudreau C R 24 2016 Bromont, Quebec first
52 Canada Matt Irwin D L 29 2016 Victoria, British Columbia first
19 Sweden Calle Jarnkrok C R 25 2014 Gävle, Sweden first
59 Switzerland Roman Josi – A D L 26 2008 Bern, Switzerland first
55 Canada Cody McLeod LW L 32 2017 Binscarth, Manitoba first
18 Canada James Neal – A RW L 29 2015 Whitby, Ontario first
11 Canada P. A. Parenteau RW R 34 2017 Hull, Quebec first
35 Finland Pekka Rinne G L 34 2004 Kempele, Finland first
20 Finland Miikka Salomaki RW L 24 2011 Raahe, Finland first
74 Finland Juuse Saros G L 22 2013 Forssa, Finland first
10 Canada Colton Sissons C R 23 2012 North Vancouver, British Columbia first
15 United States Craig Smith RW R 27 2009 Madison, Wisconsin first
76 Canada P. K. Subban D R 28 2016 Toronto, Ontario first
51 United States Austin Watson W/C R 25 2010 Ann Arbor, Michigan first
7 Switzerland Yannick Weber D R 28 2016 Morges, Switzerland first
33 United States Colin Wilson LW L 27 2008 Greenwich, Connecticut first
26 Canada Harry Zolnierczyk LW L 29 2016 Toronto, Ontario first

Pittsburgh Penguins – 2017 Stanley Cup champions

The Stanley Cup was presented to Penguins captain Sidney Crosby by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. The following players and staff qualified to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup.


  • 1 Played both centre and wing.

Coaching and administrative staff

  • Mario Lemieux (Chairman/Co-Owner/Alt. Governor), Ronald Burkle (Co-Owner/Alt. Governor), William Kassling (Co-Owner/Alt. Governor),
  • David Morehouse (President/Governor), Travis Williams (Chief Operating Officer/Alt. Governor), Jim Rutherford (Exe. Vice President/General Manager),
  • Jason Botterill (Asst. General Manager) Bill Guerin (Asst. General Manager), Jason Karmanos (Vice President of Hockey Operations),
  • Mark Recchi (Player Development Coach), Mike Sullivan (Head Coach), Rick Tocchet (Asst. Coach),
  • Jacques Martin (Asst. Coach), Mike Bales (Goaltending Coach), Andy Saucier (Video Coach),
  • Sergei Gonchar (Defense Coach), Dr. Dharmesh Vyas (Head Team Physician), Chris Stewart (Athletic Trainer)
  • Curtis Bell (Asst. Athletic Trainer), Patrick Steidle (Asst. Athletic Trainer), Andy O'Brien (Director of Sport Science & Performance),
  • Dana Heinze (Equipment Manager), J.C. Ihrig (Asst. Equipment Manager), Jon Taglianetti (Asst. Equipment Manager),
  • Jim Britt (Director of Team Operations), Randy Sexton (Director of Amateur Scouting), Derek Clancey (Director of Pro Scouting).

Other eligible players

  • 58 Kris Letang (D) – played 41 regular season games, missed 41 regular season games and all 25 playoff games due to injury – qualifies
  • 65 Ron Hainsey (D) – played 56 games for Carolina, 16 regular season and 25 playoff games for Pittsburgh – qualifies
  • 32 Mark Streit (D) – played 49 games for Philadelphia, 19 regular season games and three playoff games for Pittsburgh (all three in the Conference Finals) – did not automatically qualify but the name was engraved
  • 37 Carter Rowney (RW) – played 27 regular season and 20 playoff games for Pittsburgh – qualifies.
  • 45 Josh Archibald (RW) – played 61 games in AHL, 10 regular season and four playoff games for Pittsburgh (three in the Conference Finals, one in the Finals) – qualifies
  • 2 Chad Ruhwedel (D) – played 34 regular season games and 11 playoff games Plus 27 games in the minors). Missed last 2 games of Conference and all 6 games of the finals due a concussion. No injury exemption left off the cup.
  • 35 Tristan Jarry (G) – dressed for 11 playoff games while Matt Murray was injured (Jarry received his second Stanley Cup ring, despite only playing one NHL game) – name not engraved on Cup

Engraving notes

  • The Penguins fill the last spot on the bottom ring of the Stanley Cup. The top ring, featuring winners from 1954 to 1965, was removed after the Capitals were added in 2018.

Included in the team picture, but left off of the Stanley Cup.

  • Alex Trinca (Strength & Conditioning Coach) (on Cup in 2016)
  • Danny Kroll (Assistant Equipment Manager) (on Cup in 2009)
  • Sergei Gonchar was left off of the Cup in 2016. In 2017, Gonchar was included, and Alex Trinca was left off.

TV and radio

In Canada, the series was broadcast by Sportsnet and simulcast by CBC Television in English,[13] and TVA Sports in French. In the U.S., NBC broadcast most of the games; games two and three were aired by NBCSN.[14] In the U.S., the games were seen by an average of 4.762 million viewers, an increase of 19% over the 2016 finals, and the highest-rated finals without an Original Six team. Despite competition from the 2017 Tony Awards broadcast and the return of ABC's Sunday-night game show block, game six achieved a total viewership of 7.086 million.[15]

The NHL on Westwood One/NBC Sports Radio carried the games throughout the United States on radio and through online streaming,[16] while the home calls of Nashville (WPRT-FM/Predators Radio Network) and Pittsburgh (WXDX-FM/Penguins Radio Network) was available both over the air in their home markets and through online streaming.


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