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As kids playing on the frozen lake or pond most hockey players dream about winning the Stanley Cup and lifting it over their head in victory.

Over the years of Gopher history many Gopher players have gone on to play in the NHL.  It seems each year that more Gopher players are being drafted by NHL teams.  They're all one step closer to the dream of someday winning the Stanley Cup.  There is no greater achievement to a professional hockey player.

In the history of Gopher hockey there have been 12 players that have won the Stanley Cup and fulfilled the dream they had as a child.

Year Name NHL Team
1977 Polich, Michael J. Montreal Canadiens
1991 Pietrangelo, Frank Pittsburgh Penguins
1991, 1992 c Johnson, Robert N. Pittsburgh Penguins
1995 Broten, Neal L. New Jersey Devils
1995 Chorske, Tom P. New Jersey Devils
1995 McAlpine, Chris New Jersey Devils
2004 Clymer, Ben Tampa Bay Lightning
2009 Goligoski, Alex Pittsburgh Penguins
2013 Leddy, Nick Chicago Blackhawks
2016, 2017, 2023 Kessel, Phil Pittsburgh Penguins, Vegas Golden Knights
2020 ac Richards, Todd Tampa Bay Lightning
2022 Johnson, Erik Colorado Avalanche
  c=Won Stanley Cup as Coach of NHL team.
  ac=Won Stanley Cup as Assistant Coach of NHL team.

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