By Patrick Kelly
It was the most peculiar playoffs we will undoubtedly see in our lifetime. After an elongated break in between the regular season and the playoffs. the Tampa Bay Lightning lifted the greatest trophy in sports, Lord Stanley’s Cup. The Lightning capped it off by defeating the Blues’ long-time foe, the Dallas Stars, in six games to win the series, 4-2.
Although the Cup will be staying in Tampa due to the new rules during the pandemic, a local boy, a long-time blue, and the brother of a Blues player all will get a day with the Cup. Pat Maroon, Kevin Shattenkirk and Luke Schenn all hoisted the Stanley Cup Monday night in the Edmonton bubble. Maroon became only the third player in the expansion era to win back-to-back cups with two different teams. He joins Cory Stillman and Claude Lemieux as the three to accomplish that feat since 1967.
Shattenkirk has had a long road to finally get his name engraved on the Cup. Being drafted by the Colorado Avalanche 14th overall in 2007, he was traded to St. Louis along with Chris Stewart for Erik Johnson and Jay McClement. Over his seven-year career with the Blues, Shattenkirk played 425 games amassing 59 goals and 199 assists while averaging over 20 minutes of ice time. Shattenkirk was traded to Washington during the 2017 season where he finished the season before signing with his hometown New York Rangers. After being bought out last year, he was given a one-year contract from the Lightning and with that joins a lot of his former teammates in St. Louis and Washington as a Stanley Cup Champion.
The Blues received a first-round pick from the Shattenkirk trade that they never used, instead trading it to the Philadelphia Flyers for the latest cup Champion’s brother, Brayden Schenn. His brother Luke was in Boston last year, cheering on his brother as he hoisted the Stanley Cup, even going out onto the ice and touching the cup himself (hint, hint). Luke has also had a long road to the Cup. He was drafted in 2008 by the Toronto Maple Leafs fifth overall. After four years in Toronto he was dealt to the Flyers where he played with Brayden for a couple years, before bouncing around the NHL and AHL for various organizations.
He landed in Tampa this year, signing a two-way deal and being assigned to their AHL affiliate the Syracuse Crunch. Schenn fought his way into the Tampa lineup and managed to play 11 games in the playoffs this year and securing him and Brayden as the first brothers on the Cup since Scott and Rob Niedermayer with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.