Former Brandon Wheat King star Brayden Schenn scored a key third period insurance goal as the St. Louis Blues topped the Boston Bruins by a 4-1 score this evening in a thrilling winner-take-all Game 7 conclusion to the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Final at Boston’s TD Garden. Also scoring for the Blues were defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, winger Zach Sanford and centre Ryan O’Reilly with goaltender Jordan Binnington making 32 saves.
In the win, Blues defensemen and Brandon’s own Joel Edmundson has become the first locally-born player to win the Cup in nearly three decades.
Edmundson had not played in game 5 or the Blues’ game 6 loss in the series but was back in the team’s lineup for the pivotal seventh and final game. The former AAA Wheat King and WHL Moose Jaw Warrior/Kamloops Blazer finished the playoffs with 7 points in 22 games after contributing 11 points in 64 regular season contests.
The last Brandon-born player to win the cup was Ken Wregget, who served as backup goalie for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their 1992 championship 27 years ago. Prior to that Bill Ranford was starting goalie and playoff MVP with the 1990 Edmonton Oilers. Aaron Rome from nearby Nesbitt played a single game during the Anaheim Ducks’ 2007 title run.
Schenn wins his first Stanley Cup after having contributed 12 points over 26 games during the Blues’ run to the top of the hockey world. The championship comes three years after former BWK Eric Fehr won as a member of the 2016 Pittsburgh Penguins. Schenn netted 11 points in 26 post-season games.
Not long after the final buzzer went, Edmundson's alma matter wasted little time in sharing congratulations as did the WHL Wheat Kings:
Earlier this week, now-former Wheat Kings star Stelio Mattheos added “AHL Champion” to his resume when the American Hockey League’s Charlotte Checkers won that league’s top prize, the Calder Cup. Charlotte also featured Strathclair’s Morgan Geekie.
Congrats to all!
Updated: June 12, 10:10pm. Added tweet reactions