OHL grads help Lightning capture second straight Stanley Cup title


The Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup champions for the second straight season, and six OHL graduates were in the lineup in Game 5 on Wednesday night to help them put away the Montreal Canadiens in a 1-0 victory at Amalie Arena.

An additional five OHL products were scratches or black aces for the Lightning on Wednesday as Tampa Bay closed out the 2021 NHL Playoffs with an overall record of 16-7, pushing past Florida, Carolina, the New York Islanders and Montreal to capture hockey’s greatest prize.

Lightning captain and Sarnia Sting graduate Steven Stamkos finished third in Lightning playoff scoring with 18 points (8-10–18) over 23 games after missing nearly all of the playoffs last spring.

Former Memorial Cup overtime hero and two-time OHL champion Anthony Cirelli continues to add to his trophy case while former Erie Otters teammate Erik Cernak, Windsor Spitfires Memorial Cup champion Mikhail Sergachev, past North Bay Battalion captain Barclay Goodrow as well as London Knights alumnus Patrick Maroon were among the other back-to-back winners. Maroon becomes the first player since 1983 to win three consecutive Stanley Cups as he was also a champion with the St. Louis Blues in 2019.

Tampa Bay’s three Stanley Cup wins (2004, 2020, 2021) trail only Detroit (4: 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008) for the most titles among all teams since the Lightning entered the NHL in 1992-93.

OHL Graduates in Tampa Bay lineup:
Erik Cernak (Erie Otters, 2015-17)
Anthony Cirelli (Oshawa Generals/Erie Otters, 2014-17)
Barclay Goodrow (Brampton/North Bay Battalion, 2009-14)
Pat Maroon (London Knights, 2007-08)
Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires, 2015-17)
Steven Stamkos (Sarnia Sting, 2006-08)

Scratches & Black Aces:
Boris Katchouk (Soo Greyhounds, 2014-18)
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads, 2011-15)
Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters/Soo Greyhounds, 2014-18)
Gemel Smith (Owen Sound Attack/London Knights, 2010-14)
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit/London Knights, 2013-17)

Hockey Operations Staff:
Assistant Coach – Rob Zettler (Soo Greyhounds, 1984-88)
Amateur Scout – Robert Kitamura (Former Director, OHL Central Scouting)

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