Ten OHL graduates are Stanley Cup champions, winning hockey’s most coveted prize as members of the Tampa Bay Lightning, including Otters alums Erik Cernak and Anthony Cirelli. The Lightning’s Stanley Cup triumph extends an Otters streak to three straight NHL seasons with an alumni winning hockey’s ultimate prize.
The Lightning capped-off perhaps the most unique Stanley Cup run in the NHL’s history, hoisting the Cup inside the Edmonton ‘bubble’ at Rogers Arena following a 2-0 blanking of the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of the Championship Final Monday night. Overcoming the challenges of COVID-19, they played to an overall playoff record of 16-6, eliminating the Columbus Blue Jackets, Boston Bruins and New York Islanders in Toronto before moving on to Edmonton to defeat the Stars in six games.
The Bolts required overtime on eight different occasions throughout the playoffs, going 6-2 in those affairs.
Lightning captain and Sarnia Sting graduate Steven Stamkos, who missed most of the playoffs due to injury apart from his brief appearance in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final that included a goal, accepted the trophy from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Teammate Victor Hedman earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL Playoff MVP.
Of the 10 OHL graduates crowned Stanley Cup champions, Anthony Cirelli (Erie Otters/Oshawa Generals), Barclay Goodrow (North Bay Battalion), Pat Maroon (London Knights) and Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires) suited up in all 22 games of the Bolts’ playoff run.
Maroon, who had an assist in Monday’s Cup-clinching win, hoists the trophy for the second straight year after winning as a member of the St. Louis Blues in 2019.
Cirelli becomes a Stanley Cup champion having also won a Memorial Cup title (Oshawa 2015) along with a pair of Robertson Cup championships (Oshawa 2015, Erie 2017). Sergachev joins him in that category, having won the Memorial Cup as a member of the Windsor Spitfires in 2017.
Goodrow becomes the first Brampton/North Bay Battalion alumnus to win the Stanley Cup, doing so having been the club’s final captain during its 15-year tenure in Brampton from 1998-2013.
Zach Bogosian (Peterborough Petes) is crowned a Stanley Cup champion in his 12th professional season. Entering the 2020 playoffs, he hadn’t played a postseason matchup since he was a member of the Peterborough Petes in 2007-08.
The Championship title is Tampa Bay’s second in franchise history and first since 2004.
OHL Graduates and 2020 Stanley Cup Champions:
Zach Bogosian (Peterborough Petes, 2007-08)
Erik Cernak (Erie Otters, 2015-17)^
Anthony Cirelli (Oshawa/Erie, 2014-17)^^#
Barclay Goodrow (Brampton/North Bay, 2009-14)
Patrick Maroon (London Knights, 2007-08)
Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires, 2015-17)#
Steven Stamkos (Sarnia Sting, 2006-08)
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw/London, 2013-17)
Carter Verhaeghe (Niagara IceDogs, 2011-15)
Scott Wedgewood (Plymouth Whalers, 2008-12)
Hockey Operations Staff:
Amateur Scout – Robert Kitamura (Former Director, OHL Central Scouting)
# – Former Memorial Cup Champion
^ – Former OHL Champion