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UND former player named MVP as Chicago wins Stanley Cup

With a 4-3 overtime win in Philadelphia last night, Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks captured the Stanley cup championship. It was the first Cup for the Blackhawks in 49 years. Toews was just 19- years old and an All-American that played for North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux when the Blackhawks signed him in the summer of 2007. Just 3 years later, 22- year old Toews first accepted the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Then, he returned to the podium to accept hockey’s greatest prize. Toews is the 24th member and the youngest to be called “Triple Gold Club”, something they call players who have won the World Men’s Championship, Olympics and Stanley Cup. Toews is the first WCHA player to ever captain a team to a Stanley Cup. He’s also the first WCHA player to win Conn Smythe.

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Olympic hockey has us cheering

They wore the same colors when they played for the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux, but last night Zach Parise (USA) and Jonathan Toews (Canada) were on opposing sides.  One of the most talked-about matches at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver was the USA vs. Canada men’s ice hockey pairing, which the U.S.’s came away from victorious, 5-3.  For North Dakotans – it’s fun watching former stand-outs from the “home team.”  So far at these Olympic games, Parise has three assists on his record and Toews has four.

Twin sisters, Monique (7) and Jocelyne Lamoureux, photo by Brad Olson

Today, the U.S. women’s team will face Sweden in playoff semifinals.  North Dakota’s Lamoureux sisters Jocelyne and Monique have aided the U.S.’s overwhelming goal-count at these games.  Monique has notched up one goal and six assists, with Jocelyne netting two goals, two assists.

 

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