Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Burish & Blackhawks play for Lord Stanley's Cup

This shouldn't be news to anyone who reads this blog, but the Stanley Cup Finals are set, and another Badger has a chance to etch his name onto Lord Stanley's Cup.

Adam Burish and the Blackhawks will begin the final leg of the quest for the Cup on saturday night in Chicago against the Philadelphia Flyers. I will be cheering hard for the 'Hawks, because I like them and I hate the Flyers.

For future reference, here is the Finals schedule:

Game 1: Saturday, May 29 at Chicago, 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 2: Monday, May 31 at Chicago, 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 3: Wednesday, June 2 at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Game 4: Friday, June 4 at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Game 5: *Sunday, June 6 at Chicago, 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 6: *Wednesday, June 9 at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 7: *Friday, June 11 at Chicago, 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
* If necessary

Theoretically there is a chance for 3 Badgers to etch their name on the Cup should the 'Hawks win. Jack Skille and Jake Dowell are both on the playoff roster, but as Andy Baggot points out they'd have to play in a Finals game, which is rather unlikely. Adam Burish only played in 13 regular season games (a player needs to play in at least 41 regular season games), but should certainly be in the lineup when the Finals begin; so if the 'Hawks are winners, Burish will be immortalized on the greatest trophy in professional sports, for all time.

In case you were wondering, Baggot lists the past Badgers who are on the Cup:

Eleven UW players have have skated for a Stanley Cup winner. In addition to {Gary} Suter {Calgary 1989}, the list includes defenseman Chris Chelios (Montreal, 1986; Detroit, 2002, '08); defenseman Bruce Driver (New Jersey, 1995); defenseman Brian Engblom (Montreal, 1977, '78, '79); defenseman Sean Hill (Montreal, 1993); winger David Maley (Montreal, 1986); defenseman Brian Rafalski (New Jersey, 2000, '03; Detroit, 2008); center Steve Reinprecht (Colorado, 2001); goaltender Mike Richter (New York Rangers, 1994); defenseman Paul Stanton (Pittsburgh, 1991, '92); and goaltender Wayne Thomas (Montreal, 1973).

Photo from Chicago Sun Times