Former Storm players Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty highlighted a list of 10 former OHLers that captured the Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.
Brown and Doughty raised the Cup only one year after after Daniel Paille, who played his entire junior career in Guelph and Geoff Ward, who coached the Storm to their last division title, were part of the Boston Bruins’ championship run.
Captaining the Los Angeles Kings was Dustin Brown, who was chosen one round after Guelph picked Paille in the first round of the 2000 draft. Brown went on to play three seasons in the Royal City. He was the Storm’s co-MVP in 2002-03 and his 98 goals in 174 regular season contests rank 11th all-time in team history.
Joining Brown on the LA Kings is former Storm first round pick Drew Doughty, who played 218 games on the Guelph blueline before being selected second overall by the Kings. Doughty earned the Top Scorer Award (2006-07), Rookie of the Year (2005-06) and Defenceman of the Year (2006-07, 2007-08), before graduating to the NHL.
A total of 15 CHL players were listed on the Kings playoff roster including 11 that played in the deciding game.
Kings captain and former Guelph Storm Dustin Brown opened the scoring on the power play and added two assists before becoming just the second American born captain to hoist the Stanley Cup following another OHL graduate Derian Hatcher who won the Cup with Dallas in 1999.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds graduate Jeff Carter scored twice on Monday including the game-winner, while Owen Sound Attack graduate Trevor Lewis also socred two goals. Storm grad Drew Doughty added two assists, as did former Lethbridge Hurricane Dwight King, and former Kitchener Ranger Mike Richards.
Three Kings players have also won MasterCard Memorial Cup titles in addition to their Stanley Cup titles including Jarret Stoll with the Kootenay Ice in 2002, Richards with the Rangers in 2003, and Andrei Loktionov with the Windsor Spitfires in 2009.
In addition to the 15 former CHL players on the Kings roster, head coach Darryl Sutter played with the Lethbridge Broncos (1977-78,) assistant coach John Stevens played for the Oshawa Generals (1983-86), and goaltender coach Bill Ranford played with the New Westminster Bruins (1983-86). Kings President Luc Robitaille played for the Hull Olympiques (1983-86), Vice-President Ron Hextall played with the Brandon Wheat Kings (1981-84), and Director of Amateur Scouting Mike Futa is a former OHL Executive of the Year and Owen Sound Attack General Manager.
Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings organization on a tremendous season.
CHL Grads on the Los Angeles Kings (15):
Dustin Brown (Guelph 2000-03)
Jeff Carter (Sault Ste. Marie 2001-05)
Kyle Clifford (Barrie 2007-10)
Colin Fraser (Red Deer 2001-05)
Simon Gagne (Beauport/Quebec 1996-99)
Dwight King (Lethbridge 2004-09)
Trevor Lewis (Owen Sound 2006-07)
Andrei Loktionov (Windsor 2008-09)
Jordan Nolan (Erie/Windsor/Sault Ste. Marie 2005-10)
Mike Richards (Kitchener 2001-05)
Brad Richardson (Owen Sound 2001-05)
Jarret Stoll (Kootenay 1998-02)
Justin Williams (Plymouth 1998-2000)
Drew Doughty (Guelph 2005-08)
Jonathan Bernier (Lewiston 2004-08)