The Stanley Cup finals officially get underway on Monday, May 30th and this year it will feature the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks.
Five former Soo Greyhounds will look to be crowned Stanley Cup champions, including Rick Tocchet, Trevor Daley, Matt Murray, Bob Boughner and Joe Thornton.
RICK TOCCHET – Pittsburgh Penguins Assistant Coach
Drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 6th round (121st overall) in 1983, the Scarborough, Ontario native spent three seasons with the Soo Greyhounds from 1981-1984, scoring 83 goals and 196 points through 189 career games.
Tocchet, a former forward, who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League, splitting time with the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals and Phoenix Coyotes, is currently in his second season with the Pittsburgh Penguins as an assistant coach.
TREVOR DALEY – Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman
Drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 2nd round (43rd overall) in 2002, the Toronto, Ontario native spent four seasons with the Soo Greyhounds from 1999-2003, scoring 59 goals and 188 points through 216 career games.
During his rookie season with the Hounds in 1999-2000, Daley, as a fifteen year old, led all Ontario Hockey League rookie defencemen in points with 46.
Daley, who captained the Hounds during his final Ontario Hockey League season in 2002-2003, has split time with the Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins throughout his National Hockey League career.
MATT MURRAY – Pittsburgh Penguins Goalie
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 3rd round (83rd overall) in 2002, the Thunder Bay, Ontario native is beginning to find his way on what it takes to be a starting goalie in the National Hockey League.
Murray, who spent four seasons with the Hounds from 2010-2014, helped lead the Hounds to finishing first in the West Division in the 2013-2014 season.
During his final season in 2013-2014, coached under former Hounds bench boss and current Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe, Murray also set the Hounds record for most shutouts in a single season with 6, but now has that record tied with Brandon Halverson, who then posted 6 shutouts of his own in 2014-2015.
Throughout his time in the American Hockey League with Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins, Murray was named the league’s best goaltender and rookie of the year in 2014-2015 and was selected the all star game in 2015-2016.
He also set the new American Hockey League record for longest shutout streak at 304:11 during 2014-2015.
BOB BOUGHNER – San Jose Sharks Assistant Coach
Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2nd round (32nd overall) in 1989, the Windsor, Ontario native has been known for winning championships.
Boughner, a former defenceman, who is currently in his first season with the San Jose Sharks as an assistant coach, played three seasons with the Soo Greyhounds from 1988-1991, scoring 26 goals and 97 points through 177 career games.
During his final Ontario Hockey League season in 1990-1991, he also helped the Hounds to their second J. Ross Robertson Cup in franchise history.
Throughout his National Hockey League playing career from 1991-2006, the 45 year old split time with the Buffalo Sabres, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche.
After being named head coach and owner his hometown Windsor Spitfires in the 2006-2006 season, Boughner guided the club to winning back to back Ontario Hockey League championship titles and Memorial Cups in 2009 and 2010.
JOE THORNTON – San Jose Sharks Forward
Drafted by the Boston Bruins first overall in 1997, the London, Ontario native spent two seasons with the Soo Greyhounds from 1995-1997, scoring 71 goals and 198 points through 125 career games and was named both the Ontario Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League rookie of the year in 1996.
Known to be one of the best passers in the game, Thornton also holds several individual career records with the San Jose Sharks for plus minus (+ 174), assists (679).
Thornton also holds a pair of single season records with the Sharks for most points during (114) during 2006-2007 and most assists (92) during 2006-2007.
So, the question now is, which former Hound will lift the Stanley Cup for the first time ever?