On June 1, 1992, Bryan Trottier won his sixth and final Stanley Cup as a player as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-5.
Here are the highlights of that game:
The Islanders never gave up that many goals in any of their clinching games.
Here’s a glimpse of the celebration:
Note that Trottier was out at the end of the game to shut down Chicago’s last chance.
Trottier had taken over as captain of the team during times when Mario Lemieux was injured, including several games in the playoffs versus the New York Rangers. He also made the All Star team for the last time in his career (and actually scored in the game). Later that season, he played a role in bringing a mid-season work stoppage to an end, preventing what might have been a disaster had the NHL cancelled the Stanley Cup playoffs as a result.
In short, once more he had played a key role in the Penguins’ quest to repeat as champions.
Indeed, Trottier has won all his Cups with American-based teams, and leads the NHL all-time with seven American Cups (number seven came when he served as the assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche in 2001).
In 1992 Trottier would take the Cup for a ride at Three Rivers Stadium. I bet John Hennessy would have liked to do that.
Trottier helped establish a part of Penguins tradition that remains true to the present day: if you want to win the Cup, hire an Islander vet. The Pens would not make the Cup finals again until 2008, but even then they would lose. Aware of what had been lacking, in 2009 they secured the services of Islander Bill Guerin. You can see the result to your right … the Penguins won their third Stanley Cup in 2009.
They say that it’s a good idea to learn from history. Maybe that’s why this year’s Penguins reacquired Mark Eaton after his stint with the New York Islanders. Surely they need something more than the people they have to win the Cup. Just ask Mario Lemieux (who entered the Hockey Hall of Fame with Trottier in 1997) or Sidney Crosby (who handed the Cup off to Guerin in 2009):
It takes an Islander to win a Cup in Pittsburgh.