On Sunday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins captured their fourth Stanley Cup title in franchise history and first one since 2009.
A trio of former Soo Greyhounds were on that Pittsburgh Penguins team, including Rick Tocchet, defenceman Trevor Daley and goaltender Matt Murray.
He’s only been with the Penguins as an assistant coach for two seasons, but even during his playing years, former Hounds forward Rick Tocchet has been a big part of why the Pittsburgh Penguins have been having success in both the past and present.
Tocchet, who spent three seasons with the Hounds from 1981-1984, began his National Hockey League playing career with the Philadelphia Flyers from 1984-1992, before being dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1991-1992 season, where he helped the club to their second straight Stanley Cup title.
Through 19 regular season games with the Penguins during 1991-1992, Tocchet had 14 goals and 30 points, before scoring 6 goals and 19 points through 14 playoff games.
And now 24 seasons later, serving as an assistant coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tocchet guided the club to their fourth Stanley Cup title in franchise history.
So two out of the four Stanley Cup titles that were won by the Pittsburgh Penguins were with Rick Tocchet in 1992 and 2016.
INTERESTING FACT: The Pittsburgh Penguins, who won back to back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992, were the same years our Soo Greyhounds clinched two consecutive J. Ross Robertson Cups as the Ontario Hockey League champions.
Third time was the charm for former Soo Greyhounds defenceman Trevor Daley!
Daley, who played his first eleven seasons in the National Hockey League with the Dallas Stars, was then dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks in July of 2015, before being traded to his third team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in December of 2015.
In 53 regular season games with the Penguins, Daley tallied 6 goals and 22 points.
The Toronto, Ontario product then had 1 goal and 6 points through 15 games played during the 2016 postseason.
This marked Daley’s first ever Stanley Cup in his National Hockey League career.
Was Matt Murray the real deal?
After being selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 3rd round (83rd overall) at the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft, goaltender Matt Murray was having an outstanding Ontario Hockey League career with the Soo Greyhounds, and we knew it would’ve been nice to see him hopefully one day earn a full time roster spot to maybe being a backup to Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Thunder Bay, Ontario product, who spent four seasons with the Hounds from 2010-2014, then played 72 career games with the American Hockey League’s Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins, recording 45 wins, 20 losses, 4 overtime losses, a 1.81 goals against average, a .936 save percentage along with 16 shutouts.
Getting his first taste of the National Hockey League this season, Murray suited up for 13 games during the regular season with the Penguins, recording 9 wins, 2 losses, 1 overtime loss, a 2.00 goals against average, a .930 save percentage along with 1 shutout.
Then, during the 2016 postseason with the Penguins, Murray was the main man in between the pipes as he took over for the injured Marc-Andre Fleury.
Through 21 postseason games, the 22 year old rookie goaltender, who hasn’t even played half a National Hockey League season, recorded 15 wins, 6 losses, a 2.08 goals against average, a .923 save percentage and 1 shutout, leading the Penguins to their fourth Stanley Cup title in franchise history.
After turning aside 18 shots in a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in game six of the Stanley Cup finals, Murray also the tied the National Hockey League record for most wins by a rookie goaltender in a single postseason with 15, joining Patrick Roy (1986), Ron Hextall (1987) and Cam Ward (2006).
NOTE: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native Ron Pyette, who serves as an amateur scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins, was around for a pair of Stanley Cup titles with the club in 2009 and now in 2016.