Lightning left winger Pat Maroon on Wednesday joined one of the most exclusive clubs in NHL history.
With Tampa Bay’s 1-0 victory over the Canadiens in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, Maroon became just the fourth player in the history of the league to win three straight Stanley Cups with two different teams. He was also on hand for the Lightning’s title in 2020, as well as the Blues’ Stanley Cup-winning team in 2019.
“Yeah, it’s crazy. I was kind of getting emotional there like a minute-forty left,” Maroon said of his accomplishment. “I had to keep it together there because, obviously I’m not out there, but watching these guys block shots and muck it up and do everything they can just to, an opportunity to win, But I’ve been very fortunate, very blessed to be a part of three runs and three very good teams. You might not see me on the scoresheet but I try to bring a different element to the room and chip in when I can and just relax your team a little bit.
“So, I can’t put into words right now. Like I said, I was crying basically on the bench with a minute-forty left and couldn’t even throw my stuff off because just being a Stanley Cup champ three years in a row is pretty special. But, it takes a group, it takes a group of 25 men and we did it and I’m very proud of these guys. We worked in such a short season and I’m gonna reminisce about this when I retire with my son but right now I’m just gonna soak it all in.”
Maroon joins Ed Litzenberger, Ab McDonald and Eddie Gerard. That trio did it before expansion.
When asked on the ice after the game what he’ll do with all his rings, Maroon said: “I don’t know yet. I’m surely pumped though that we won again,” before adding: “Shave my beard off because this thing has been growing for three years. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m going to stuff it away in a safe. Man, I’m just so pumped. I want to cut my hair, shave my beard.”
The Lightning also entered rarified company Tuesday by becoming just the fourth team in the last 30 years — and the second of the NHL’s salary-cap era — to win consecutive Stanley Cup Finals. They join the Penguins (1991-92, 2016-17) and Red Wings (1997-98).
Sporting News’ Jackie Spiegel contributed to this report.
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