While many of us are mourning the Boston Bruins’ loss in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, there’s at least a silver lining for fans of Boston College. Former Eagle Zach Sanford lifted the Cup Wednesday night as a member of the St. Louis Blues, becoming the 12th Eagle to have his name etched into the most famous trophy in sports.
It’s the 20th time overall that a Boston College player has been on a Stanley Cup winning roster, most of any NCAA program. Seven Eagles have won it more than once, with Joe Mullen etching his name onto Lord Stanley’s Cup three times. It’s also the fourth year in a row that there’s been an Eagle on the winning roster.
1989 Joe Mullen (CGY)
1991 Joe Mullen, Kevin Stevens (PIT)
1992 Joe Mullen, Kevin Stevens (PIT)
1994 Brian Leetch (NYR)
1995 Bill Guerin (NJD)
1997 Doug Brown (DET)
1998 Doug Brown (DET)
2003 Brian Gionta (NJD)
2007 Ryan Shannon (ANA)
2009 Bill Guerin, Brooks Orpik, Rob Scuderi (PIT)
2012 Rob Scuderi (LAK)
2013 Ben Smith (CHI)
2016 Brian Dumoulin (PIT)
2017 Brian Dumoulin (PIT)
2018 Brooks Orpik (WAS)
2019 Zach Sanford (STL)
Sanford started out on the Blues’ roster for the playoffs for the first three games of St. Louis’ series with Winnipeg, but didn’t play again until the Finals. After teammate Oskar Sundqvist was suspended for a game for boarding Boston’s Matt Grzelcyk, Sanford was inserted into the lineup in Game 3. He tallied an assist in each of his first three games and played well enough to keep his spot in the lineup for the final five games of the playoffs.
And in Game 7, he capped the scoring for the Blues with a goal to make it 4-0 late in the third period to seal the deal.
Sanford played two seasons on the Heights, going 7-17—24 in 2014-2015 before making a jump to 13-26—39 in 2015-2016 and helping the Eagles advance all the way to the Frozen Four.
Congratulations to Zach on winning his first NHL title!