Although they might not have realized it amidst celebrations, newly crowned Stanley Cup champions Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty have joined some elite company.
According to HockeyDatabase.com, the two Los Angeles Kings players are the third London and area-born player duo in history to be on the same Cup-winning squad.
The Edmonton Oilers trio of Craig MacTavish, Joe Murphy, and Craig Simpson are the lone three-player combination from the area to win an NHL championship, which they accomplished in 1989-90.
Two years earlier, as part of another dominant Oilers club, MacTavish and Simpson were the first local duo to hoist Lord Stanley’s grail.
Colin Campbell, a former NHL player and coach, was an assistant coach when MacTavish won his fourth and final Cup as a member of the New York Rangers in 1993-94.
MacTavish’s impressive ring count leads a pack of 62 players from London/Middlesex County who has spent some time in the NHL. In all, 10 players have their names engraved on the Cup, with Rob Ramage (Byron) and Simpson joining MacTavish as the only repeat victors.
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Campbell’s son, Boston Bruins forward Gregory, who was born in London but raised in Tillsonburg, won last year.
Another Campbell (unrelated), defenceman Brian (Strathroy), was a key reason why the 2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks took home hockey’s ultimate prize.
Andy McDonald (Strathroy) of the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks, and Jason Williams of the 2001-02 Detroit Red Wings, round out the six-pack of post-millennium Cup winners from the area.
The very first local to ever be on a Cup-winning roster was — you guessed it — MacTavish in 1986-87.