St. Albert hockey product Ryan Stanton raised the Stanley Cup in celebration with the Chicago Blackhawks after game six in the NHL final Monday.
The 23-year-old defenceman didn’t play for the Blackhawks in the playoffs but participated in the post-game festivities after Chicago rallied with two late goals to stun the Boston Bruins 3-2 on their home ice at TD Garden.
“Is Chicago ready for the cup?!??! What a city. What a team,” Stanton tweeted after the game.
Visit http://blackhawks.nhl.com/index.html for pictures of Stanton with the Stanley Cup.
Unfortunately, Stanton’s name will not be engraved on the Stanley Cup because he didn’t play in the playoffs or in half of the team’s regular-season games.
The six-foot-two, 210-pound Stanton was called up from the Rockford IceHogs, Chicago’s American Hockey League farm team, on April 26 and the next night played in his first NHL game against the St. Louis Blues.
The former bantam AAA Sabre and midget AAA Raider was plus-one, with one shot, one hit and a high sticking minor in the 3-1 loss in St. Louis.
Stanton was among eight rookies Chicago dressed in its last game of the regular season.
Stanton remained on Chicago’s roster for the playoffs and skated with the team’s Black Aces – scratched or extra players – throughout the Stanley Cup run.
The IceHogs’ assistant captain completed his third year entry-level contract with Chicago after signing as a free agent on March 12, 2010 following four Western Hockey League seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers.
In 73 games this season the St. Albert Catholic High School graduate was plus-16 while recording three goals, 22 assists and 126 penalty minutes.
Stanton’s AHL totals are nine goals, 51 assists and 332 PIM in 224 games with the IceHogs.
He was recognized as the IceHogs’ most improved player in 2011 and their top defenceman last year.
Back home the former St. Albert Cardinals’ catcher swings a mean bat for the Brew Jays in the St. Albert Men’s Slowpitch Association.
Meanwhile, Stanton’s brother, Ty, is ranked 78th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting for Sunday’s entry draft in New Jersey. He was originally listed 68th in the mid-term rankings.
Ty is a six-foot-four, 173-pound defenceman with the Medicine Hat Tigers.
He also played bantam AAA and midget AAA in St. Albert before cracking the Tigers’ line-up. The Stanton brothers were both 17 when they broke into the WHL.
Ty registered two goals, 14 assists and 29 PIM in 44 games and was minus-six with the Tigers this season.