Monday, June 12, 2017

Sullivan, Bonino and Saucier Celebrate 2nd Cup Win

With the Penguins' 2-0 win against Nashville in game six to clinch a repeat as Stanley Cup champions, Nick Bonino joined Scott Young and Jay Pandolfo as Terriers who played on two title teams, and Head Coach Mike Sullivan—captain of the Terriers’ 1990 Frozen Four squad—became the first American-born coach to lead back-to-back Cup champions.

Bonino scored seven points (4G, 3A) in 21 post-season games and missed the final four games of the Nashville series after breaking his tibia when blocking a shot in game two. He scored 37 points (18G, 19A) during the 2016-17 regular season.

Sullivan, who was promoted to Penguins’ head coach in December 2015 and led the team to its fourth Stanley Cup last June, had previously been head coach of the Bruins from 2003 to 2006.

A third Terrier in the Penguins employ is Andy Saucier, the team’s video coach, who was the Terrier hockey video coordinator during his undergraduate years on Comm. Ave. Saucier is the grandson of legendary BU head coach Jack Kelley who guided the Terriers to their first two NCAA titles in 1971 and 1972.

Colin Wilson, now in his eighth season with the Predators, had four points in 14 playoff games, missing eight post-season games due to an injury. Wilson (35 regular-season points) and Bonino were classmates at BU and were the two top scorers (Wilson 55, Bonino 50) on BU’s 2009 national championship team.

►A record 15 NCAA players were part of Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup team.

● Post-game Sullivan interview (video)

Prior to game six, the Toronto Star talked with Wilson about topics ranging from hockey to family to his shared interest in climate change with longtime friend Jonathan Toews.
● report

►  Brandon Hickey profile and video

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