So, an interesting question came up in a discussion amongst a group I participate in on Facebook. Has there been any players prior to this year who participated in the NCAA/Olympics/NHL in the same season? Obviously we know Ryan Donato did it first this year, followed by Troy Terry and Jordan Greenway.
It'd have to be prior to 1998, when the NHL began sending their guys. My first possibility was 1980, but they played with the International team only leading up to Olympics. Paul Kariya didn't play with Anaheim until the following season.
Anybody have any idea if it's been done before?
Last edited by hockeyplayer1015; 03-29-2018 at 08:18 PM.
Doesn't appear to be in the same season.
Further looking seems to show the same for the '84 and '88 teams as well.
According to this article, it appears Ryan Donato was the first to do so. Be sure to thank me if you ever win Jeopardy with this information.
Playing in all 3 in the same season kind of sounds interesting, but it would require the Olympic team to be assembled late, or for the player to be brought in late, and then for the players college team not to be a winner, in order to have time to go play for their NHL team as well. Would probably be a wild and crazy and maybe fun year for the player, but doesn't seem possible for there to be much winning going on? Maybe the NHL team might go on to win the SC, but rarely do Olympic teams that are assembled late go on to win Gold.
Far more interesting to me, is has anyone WON an NCAA title, an Olympic Gold Medal, and an NHL Stanley Cup Title?
Broten is one of a few players to have played on teams that won the NCAA hockey championship (University of Minnesota in 1979), the Olympic Gold Medal (Team USA, 1980), and the Stanley Cup (New Jersey Devils, 1995). He is the only player to have won the Hobey Baker, the Olympic Gold Medal and the Stanley Cup.
unless you mean in the same year?
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we all know ken morrow went from winning a gold medal, straight to winning four stanley cups.
a legend and an out of work bum look a lot alike, daddy.
that said, I liked the days of amateurs way more than the NHL, and the teams that played a while together had an identity.
566 to 220. UMn's #s would only drop to 558 if you looked only at those who left school early. I doubt the other 4 schools can say the same.
So, just like how the Olympics hurts certain teams more than others, especially the Gophers and BC who stocked far more Americans than other schools did, the same can be seen with what the NHL is doing to college hockey blue bloods.
And hence why the Gophers have so many more players inducted in the US Hockey Hall of Fame than other programs as well. So we may not have been rewarded in the NCAA Tourney, but the U of Mn has been rewarded in other ways. And not only the US Hockey has recognized these great contributions to hockey in general, but having 3 former Gophers inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame while almost no other college can claim more than maybe 1, also shows other ways that UMn has been rewarded.
But yes, still frustrating for fans of college hockey that have to suffer so that the Olympic teams and the NHL can benefit.
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