On June 25, 2015, a dozen Rockford IceHogs alumni helped the Chicago Blackhawks capture the 2015 Stanley Cup, their third in a six-year stretch!
June 15, 2015
With the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, the Blackhawks took the Stanley Cup Final series 4-2 to claim the organization’s sixth championship. When the dust settles, the
Stanley Cup will soon feature the names of 12 former Rockford IceHogs.
The IceHogs have played a large role in developing players to help the Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. In eight seasons serving as the top American Hockey League affiliate for the Blackhawks, 73 players overall have been a product of the IceHogs by spending time in Rockford before going on to contribute at hockey’s top level in the National Hockey League. Since joining the AHL in 2007-08, the IceHogs have sent 56 of those players to Chicago.
“We are very proud of the affiliation in Rockford and the success of all the Blackhawks prospects,” said Chicago Blackhawks General Manager of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard. “The work that Ted Dent and the coaching staff does on a day-to-day basis is vital to the long term success of the Blackhawks.”
Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson becomes the first IceHogs alum to have his name engraved for the third time as he had a hand in the Blackhawks 2010, 2013 and now 2015 Stanley Cup Championship.
Six former IceHogs hoisted the cup for a second time, including: Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Marcus Kruger, Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw and Kris Versteeg.
First-time winners of the Cup include Kyle Cumiskey, Scott Darling, Joakim Nordstrom, Teuvo Teravainen, and Trevor van Riemsdyk.