Greene vs. Commodore for the Cup
Two of UND's most affable big men -- Mike Commodore and Matt Greene -- will be battling each other for the Stanley Cup beginning Monday.
Commodore scored the opening goal Thursday night and helped the Carolina Hurricanes win Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals 4-2 over Buffalo. It's the second consecutive season Commodore will play for the Cup. In 2004, his Calgary Flames lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Before the Buffalo series, Commodore said he was particularly excited about the possibility of playing against the Oilers for the Stanley Cup. Commodore's hometown of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., is minutes away from Edmonton.
"I'll be blocking shots with my face," he said.
Commodore and Greene never played together at UND, but they do know each other. Commodore said they hung out during summers in Grand Forks.
One of them will become the eighth UND player to have his name engraved on the Cup. Here is the complete list of UND Stanley Cup winners:
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. (Thanks to Virg Foss for pointing this out.)