Evan Rodrigues (BU '2015) was one of ten league alumni that helped the Florida Panthers raise the Stanley Cup in 2024.
10 League Alumni Raise 2024 Stanley Cup
Hockey East Products Win Top Prize for the 14th Straight Year

AMESBURY, Mass. - The Hockey East Association saw 10 alumni raise the 2024 Stanley Cup, as the Florida Panthers claimed the National Hockey League’s top prize. The league products include five players and five members of the Panthers front office staff and it marks the 14th straight year that at least one Hockey East product will have their name engraved on the Stanley Cup.

The players included Evan Rodrigues (Boston University, 2011-15), Brandon Montour (Massachusetts. 2014-15), Ryan Lomberg, (Maine, 2012-14), Spencer Knight, (Boston College, 2019-21), and Patrick Giles (Boston College, 2018-22). Leading Florida in the front office was Assistant GM Brett Peterson (Boston College, 2000-04), Senior Advisor to the GM Paul Fenton, (Boston University, 1979-82), Manager, Player Development Mike Ryan, (Northeastern, 1999-03), Amateur Scout P.J. Fenton, (Massachusetts, 2004-08), and Amateur Scout Josh Monk, (Providence, 2013-17).

Hockey East was again the most well-represented college hockey conference in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 93 league alumni on the playoff teams. Of the 93 alumni, 40 were active players that appeared on the rosters of their NHL clubs this season and 53 were staff and front office members representing 10 different member institutions. The full list of players and staff is below.

Fifteen of the 16 teams that clinched the playoffs had at least one Hockey East alumni on their roster, and all 16 playoff teams had at least one Hockey East alumni on the coaching staff or in their front office. Of the 127 NCAA alumni on NHL playoff rosters, Hockey East accounted for over a quarter of those.

The 40 active players represented 10 different institutions with Boston University topping the league with eight representatives. Massachusetts claims seven alumni while Boston College holds six. Maine and New Hampshire are represented by five former players. Providence has four, followed by UMass Lowell with two while Merrimack, Northeastern and Vermont all boast one former player vying to etch their name on the Stanley Cup.

The Boston Bruins once again held the title for most Hockey East alumni on their roster with six players from three different programs. The Colorado Avalanche came in second with five alumni from five different programs and the New York Rangers followed with four. The Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Vegas Golden Knights and Winnipeg Jets each had three Hockey East products on their rosters. The Edmonton Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Vancouver Canucks all claimed two, while the Dallas Stars, New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals each had one former player.

In total, 109 Hockey East alumni appeared in at least one NHL game during the 2023-24 regular season, tying the all-time record set in 2021-22 and making four consecutive season with over 100 alumni playing at the game’s highest level. All 11 current men’s member institutions had at least one former player represented. Hockey East also produced nine 2024 NHL All-Stars.

Last season, Boston University’s Jack Eichel and Maine’s Ben Hutton won the first Stanley Cup in Vegas Golden Knights history, making the 2023 championship the 13th-straight season a former Hockey East Player has lifted the Cup.

In addition to the 127 NCAA alumni listed on NHL playoff rosters, nine of the 16 teams that clinched were assembled by general managers who played college hockey: Boston’s Don Sweeney (Harvard), Carolina’s Don Waddell (Northern Michigan), Colorado’s Chris MacFarland (Pace), Florida’s Bill Zito (Yale), Los Angeles’ Rob Blake (Bowling Green), the New York Islanders’ Lou Lamoriello (Providence), the New York Rangers’ Chris Drury (Boston University), Vegas’ Kelly McCrimmon (Michigan), and Washington’s Brian MacLellan (Bowling Green).

Five of the qualifying teams are led by former NCAA players: Boston’s Jim Montgomery (Maine), Carolina’s Rod Brind’Amour (Michigan State), Los Angeles’ Jim Hiller (Northern Michigan), the Rangers’ Peter Laviolette (Westfield State), and Washington’s Spencer Carbery (Alaska Anchorage, St. Norbert).

Boston Bruins

Jeremy Swayman, Maine (2017-20)
Kevin Shattenkirk, Boston University (2007-10)
Charlie Coyle, Boston University (2010-11)
James van Riemsdyk, New Hampshire (2007-09)
Matt Grzelcyk, Boston University (2012-16)
Charlie McAvoy, Boston University (2015-17)
President of Bruins Foundation Bob Sweeney, Boston College (1982-86)
Head Coach Jim Montgomery, Maine (1989-93)
Assistant Coach Joe Sacco, Boston University (1987-90)
Goalie Coach Mike Dunham, Maine (1990-93)
Skating and Skills Consultant David Breen, Merrimack (2002-04)
Skating and Skills Consultant John McLean, Boston College (1983-87)
ECHL Head Coach Terrence Wallin, UMass Lowell (2011-15)

Carolina Hurricanes

Brett Pesce, New Hampshire (2012-15)
Bradly Nadeau, Maine (2023-24)
Scott Morrow, Massachusetts (2021-24)
Development Coach Peter Harrold, Boston College (2002-06)

Colorado Avalanche

Cale Makar, Massachusetts (2017-19)
Brandon Duhaime, Providence (2016-19)
Ross Colton, Vermont (2016-18)
Miles Wood, Boston College (2015-16)
Josh Manson, Northeastern (2011-14)
Amateur Scout Neil Shea, Boston College (1982-86)

Dallas Stars

Jake Oettinger, Boston University (2016-19)
Director, Hockey Strategy/Scouting & Development Steve Greely, Boston University (2000-04)
Coordinator, Player Development Ben Bishop, Maine (2005-08)

Edmonton Oilers

Warren Foegle, New Hampshire (2014-15)
Vincent Desharnais, Providence (2015-19)
Special Advisor and Alternate Governor, Hockey Ops Bob Nicholson, Providence (1973-74)
Amateur Scout Scott Harlow, Boston college (1982-86)
Regional Scout Dani Rylan Kearney, Northeastern (2010-12)

Florida Panthers

Evan Rodrigues, Boston University (2011-15)
Brandon Montour, Massachusetts (2014-15)
Ryan Lomberg, Maine (2012-14)
Spencer Knight, Boston College (2019-21)
Patrick Giles, Boston College (2018-22)
Assistant GM Brett Peterson, Boston College (2000-04)
Senior Advisor to the GM Paul Fenton, Boston University (1979-82)
Manager, Player Development Mike Ryan, Northeastern (1999-03)
Amateur Scout P.J. Fenton, Massachusetts (2004-08)
Amateur Scout Josh Monk, Providence (2013-17)

Los Angeles Kings

AHL Scout Blake Bolden, Boston College (2009-13)

Nashville Predators

Gustav Nyquist, Maine (2008-11)
Mark Jankowski, Providence (2012-16)
Dante Fabbro, Boston University (2016-19)
Senior Advisor David Poile, Northeastern (1976-80)
Assistant General Manager/ Director Scouting Jeff Kealty, Boston University (1996-97)
Assistant GM/ Director Hockey Ops Brian Poile, Boston College (1996-97)
Chief Amateur Scout Tom Nolan, New Hampshire (1993-98)
Pro Scout Doug Janik, Maine (1998-01)
Pro Scout Rob Cowie, Northeastern (1987-91)
Forward Development Coach Nathan Gerbe, Boston College (2005-08)
Defense Development Coach Rob Scuderi, Boston College (1997-01)

New York Islanders

Oliver Walstrom, Boston College (2018-19)
President, Hockey Ops/ General Manager Lou Lamoriello, Providence (1960-63, 1969-81)
Assistant GM/ AHL GM Chris Lamoriello, Providence (1990-94)
Player Development Marty Reasoner, Boston College (1995-98)
Pro Scout Steve Kariya, Maine (1995-99)
Scout Gates Orlando, Providence (1980-84)
Scout Chris O’Sullivan, Boston University (1992-96)
AHL Goaltending Coach Chris Terreri, Providence (1983-86)
ECHL Assistant Coach Bob Deraney, Boston University (1984-87)

New York Rangers

Chad Ruhwedel, UMass Lowell (2010-13)
Zac Jones, Massachusetts (2019-21)
Chris Kreider, Boston College (2009-12)
Jonathan Quick, Massachusetts (2005-07)
President and GM Chris Drury, Boston University (1994-98)
Director, Player Personnel and Amateur Scouting John Lilley, Boston University (1991-92)

Tampa Bay Lightning

Mitchell Chaffee, Massachusetts (2017-20)
Conor Sheary, Massachusetts (2010-14)
Pro Scout Stephen Gionta, Boston College (2002-06)
College Scout Brian Putnam, New Hampshire (1993-97)
ECHL Assistant Coach Ben Holmstrom, UMass Lowell (2006-10)

Toronto Maple Leafs

Joseph Woll, Boston College (2016-19)
Director, Amateur Scouting/Asst. Dir., Player Personnel Wes Clark, Maine (2004-08)
Amateur Scout Jim Vesey, Merrimack (1984-88)
College Free Agent Scout Chris Bourque, Boston University (2004-05)

Vancouver Canucks

Casey DeSmith, New Hampshire (2011-14)
Thatcher Demko, Boston College (2013-16)
Assistant General Manager Cammi Granato, Providence (1989-93)
Director, Player Personnel Scott Young, Boston University (1985-87)

Vegas Golden Knights

Jack Eichel, Boston University (2014-15)
Noah Hanifin, Boston College (2014-15)
Ben Hutton, Maine (2012-15)
Assistant Coach Dominique Ducharme, Vermont (1991-95)
European Scout Peter Ahola, Boston University (1989-91)
ECHL Head Coach Rick Bennett, Providence (1986-90)

Washington Capitals

Trevor van Riemsdyk, New Hampshire (2011-14)
Player Development Brooks Orpik, Boston College (1998-01)
Scout Rich Alger, Massachusetts (1993-94) Boston University (1995-97)
Scout A.J. Toews, Northeastern (1996-98)

Winnipeg Jets

Connor Hellebuyck, UMass Lowell (2012-14)
Collin Delia, Merrimack (2014-17)
Parker Ford, Providence (2019-23)
Pro and College Scout Mark White, New Hampshire (1997-01)