Tuesday, June 05, 2007

One Win Away

With last night's Duck's win over the Senators, ex-Terrier Joe DiPenta is on the verge of becoming the sixth former BU player to have his name inscribed on Lord Stanley's Cup.

DiPenta had sat out the first three games of the final series, but returned to the lineup when Chris Pronger was suspended for one game.

The other Cup winners are: Jay Pandolfo, NJ 2003 and 2000; Scott Young, Colorado 1996, Pittsburgh, 1991; Chris Drury, Colorado 2001, Shawn McEachern, Pittsburgh, 1992; and, Ed Ronan, Montreal, 1993.

Mentioning Ronan always reminds me of the last time he was in the playoffs. A late season call-up to the Sabres in 1996-97 after spending most of the season in the AHL, Ronan scored a game-winning playoff goal in overtime. After the game a reporter thrust a mic in his face and asked how excited he was to score the game-winner, and Ronan, six years removed from his college career, replied, "I can't wait to call Coach Parker and tell him."

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