Once a champion, always a champion. Former Badger captain Davis Drewiske added to his resume on Monday night when his L.A. Kings won the Stanley Cup in six games over the New Jersey Devils. Drewiske, who hails from Hudson, Wisconsin also won championships at the high school level with the Hudson Raiders, and at the NCAA level with Wisconsin.
Previous to this season, twelve different former Badger players have won the cup a total of nineteen different times. Additionally, former player Dave McNabb won the cup as an executive with the Anaheim Ducks.
Unfortunately for Drewiske, he likely won't see his name etched onto the cup which is tradition with Stanley Cup Champions. The NHL requires a player to play in at least 41 games in the regular season, or in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Despite being a full time member of the Kings, Drewiske doesn't qualify for either. The Kings had incredible health throughout the season and into the playoffs, and Drewiske suited up for just nine games for L.A. this season.
That said, Drewiske has been a full time member of the Kings for the past three seasons and is very much a part of this team and I'm sure he'll enjoy this cup as much as anyone else on the roster.
Congratulations to Davis and the Kings.
Wisconsin Badgers To Win NHL Stanley Cups
Wayne Thomas-Montreal Canadiens (1972-73)
Brian Engblom-Montreal Canadiens (1976-77), (77-78), (78-79)
Chris Chelios-Montreal Canadiens (1985-86), Detroit Red Wings (2001-02), (2007-08)
Dave Maley-Montreal Canadiens (1985-86)
Gary Suter-Calgary Flames (1988-89)
Paul Stanton-Pittsburgh Penguins (1990-91), (1991-92)
Sean Hill-Montreal Canadiens (1992-93)
Mike Richter-New York Rangers (1993-94)
Bruce Driver-New Jersey Devils (1994-95)
Brian Rafalski-New Jersey Devils (1994-95), (2002-03), Detroit Red Wings (2007-08)
Steven Reinprecht-Colorado Avalanche (2000-01)
Dave McNab-Anaheim Ducks (2006-07) *Executive
Adam Burish-Chicago Blackhawks (2009-10)