There are few things greater than the hunt for the Stanley Cup. Silver doused in hockey’s blood, sweat and tears, it is without question the greatest professional trophy to ever be claimed. Players who have earned the right to finally raise the Cup above their heads have worked for that moment their entire lives.
Thirty Minnesota natives know that feeling. Thanks to our state’s elite talent, hockey’s Holy Grail has made frequent trips to the State of Hockey.
Where did they go? Which cities are represented? Here’s your complete breakdown of Minnesota’s Stanley Cup history:
Leroy Goldsworthy (Two Harbors), 1934 Chicago Blackhawks
Doc Romnes (White Bear Lake), 1934 and 1938 Chicago Blackhawks
Cully Dahlstrom (Minneapolis), 1938 Chicago Blackhawks
Virgil Johnson (Minneapolis), 1938 Chicago Blackhawks
Mike Karakas (Eveleth), 1938 Chicago Blackhawks
Frank “Mr. Zero” Brimsek (Eveleth), 1939 and 1942 Boston Bruins
Billy Nyrop (Edina), 1976, 1977 and 1978 Montreal Canadians
Mike Polich (Rochester), 1977 Montreal Canadians
Dave Langevin (St. Paul), 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 New York Islanders
Don Jackson (Bloomington), 1984 and 1985 Edmonton Oilers
Tom Kurvers (Bloomington), 1986 Montreal Canadians
David Maley (Edina), 1986 Montreal Canadians
Joel Otto (Elk River), 1989 Calgary Flames
Sean Hill (Duluth), 1993 Montreal Canadians
Neal Broten (Roseau), 1995 New Jersey Devils
Tom Chorske (Minneapolis), 1995 New Jersey Devils
Chris McAlpine (Roseville), 1995 New Jersey Devils
Mike Peluso (Coleraine), 1995 New Jersey Devils and 1999 Dallas Stars
Jamie Langenbrunner (Cloquet), 1999 Dallas Stars and 2003 New Jersey Devils
Derek Plante (Cloquet), 1999 Dallas Stars
Dan Hinote (Elk River), 2001 Colorado Avalanche
Shjon Podein (Rochester), 2001 Colorado Avalanche
Ben Clymer (Bloomington), 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning
Matt Cullen (Moorhead), 2006 Carolina Hurricanes
Bret Hedican (North St. Paul), 2006 Carolina Hurricanes
Ryan Carter (White Bear Lake), 2007 Anaheim Ducks
Joe Motzko (Bemidji), 2007 Anaheim Ducks
Alex Goligoski (Grand Rapids), 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins
Dustin Byfuglien (Roseau), 2010 Chicago Blackhawks
Nick Leddy (Eden Prairie), 2013 Chicago Blackhawks
Potentials in 2015: Ryan McDonagh (St. Paul) New York Rangers, Derek Stepan (Hastings) New York Rangers, J.T. Brown (Burnsville) Tampa Bay Lightning
Dave Langevin has raised the Stanley Cup a total of four times. The St. Paul native was a part of the legendary New York Islanders squad that won four straight Cups from 1980-84.
Neal Broten capped off his outstanding career with a Stanley Cup championship with New Jersey in 1995. In the process, Broten became the first American to score the Cup-winning goal.
From Roseville to Roseau, the Cup has made its travels around the Land of 10,000 rinks. No matter where it's been throughout Minnesota one thing remains the same: each Stanley Cup winner is thrilled to share it with their community.
Nick Leddy (2013):
Dustin Byfuglien (2010):
Alex Goligoski (2009):
Ryan Carter (2007):
Joe Motzko (2007):
Bret Hedican (2006):
Before donning the homestate's jersey, Ryan Carter won the Cup with Wild playoff foe Anaheim Ducks in 2007.