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Minnesota's Stanley Cup Magic

05/28/2015, 1:30pm CDT
By Jessi Pierce

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:


Players Engraved on the Stanley Cup

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.

Where'd They Take the Cup?

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):

  • Maynard’s Restaurant in Excelsior
  • Jet ski ride around Lake Minnetonka
  • Eden Prairie Community Center
  • Mariucci Arena
  • University of Minnesota Aplatz Children’s Hospital

Dustin Byfuglien (2010):

  • Maserati ride up to Roseau
  • Memorial Arena
  • Grandparents’ farm for a barn party and 4-wheel ride through the woods
  • Family hunting cabin

Alex Goligoski (2009):

  • Outdoor rink in Grand Rapids
  • IRA Civic Center (collected donations for Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association)
  • Family garage for “ice-fishing” out of the Cup’s bowl
  • Local restaurants and bars in Grand Rapids

Ryan Carter (2007):

  • Small plane ride to Mankato Civic Center, his alma mater
  • White Bear Lake’s Hippadrome
  • Taste of Minnesota Stage

Joe Motzko (2007):

  • Bemidji Tourist Center with Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
  • Slim’s Bar and Grill
  • Pontoon ride at the family’s lakehome

Bret Hedican (2006):

  • Joined by wife and Olympic medalist Kristi Yamaguchi in a parade through North St. Paul
  • St. Cloud State University trip with Carolina Hurricanes and SCSU teammate Matt Cullen
  • Brainerd Cabin on Gull Lake and a stop at lake bar and grill Zorbaz

Did You Know?

The tradition of the Stanley Cup coming to each player's hometown began with the 1994-95 New Jersey Devils team. Before that it was a team treasure.


Before donning the homestate's jersey, Ryan Carter won the Cup with Wild playoff foe Anaheim Ducks in 2007.

Did You Know?

Lord Stanley's Cup has traveled to 24 different countries and all seven continents. It has visited Minnesota more than 15 times, the last visit in 2013 with Nick Leddy.



A special thanks to the Hockey Hall of Fame and Vintage Minnesota for their help in providing and collecting much of the information used in this article. 

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