Commodore, Cullen win Cup
Commodore was one game away from winning it in 2004, but his Calgary Flames fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 7. This time, he and former Moorhead High star Matt Cullen helped the Hurricanes finish the job. Cullen had two assists in Game 7 and was a key player the entire series, as was Commodore.
Former UND defenseman Matt Greene came up one game short for the second straight season. Last year, he was a member of UND's runner-up team. It's safe to say that it looks like he has a very bright future in the NHL. He was a regular throughout the playoffs and didn't miss a game after the first series. The Oilers had enough confidence to put him on the ice during overtimes, too. Not bad for a 23-year-old rookie.
I will contact the Carolina media relations department and try to find out what Commodore's plans are for his day with the Cup. I will relay them as soon as I hear. I know there are many people hoping he brings it to Grand Forks. If he does not, everybody can make the trip 75 miles south to Moorhead, where Cullen surely will bring it.
Sioux players with their names on the Cup:
2006 -- Mike Commodore, Carolina Hurricanes
2000 -- Brad Bombardir, New Jersey Devils
1999 -- Rick Wilson, Dallas Stars*
1999 -- Ed Belfour, Dallas Stars
1999 -- Tony Hrkac, Dallas Stars
1999 -- Craig Ludwig, Dallas Stars
1996 -- Troy Murray, Colorado Avalanche
1992 -- Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh Penguins
1991 -- Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh Penguins
1986 -- Craig Ludwig, Montreal Canadiens
*Wilson was an assistant coach.