By no means does etching your name into the great holy grail that is the Stanley Cup mean you’re in for a lengthy and established career. As we've seen time and time again, even some of the more lackluster players can end up with their name on the Stanley Cup.
For this article, we'll look at some of the recent Cup winners that are no longer actively playing on an NHL roster. These following 15 players are away from the league for various reasons, whether it be because of retirement or just not being good enough to play the young man’s game nowadays. The list includes players that are currently playing overseas, in the AHL, proud owners of restaurants and night clubs, playing a behind the scenes role for a team or simply being a proud father. The stories of these 15 Cup winners are certainly diverse in their nature of current roles and occupations.
For this list, we only included the last six Stanley Cup winners, making the article as recent as 2011. The teams on the list include the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks and the recent champions (and maybe 2017 champions), the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sit back and enjoy The Sportster's where are they now list of 15 recent Stanley Cup winners!
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15 Jarret Stoll: LA Kings TV Personality
Known as a role player, Jarret Stoll was a major component to the Kings success in the 2000s. He constantly did the little things right, such as wining face-offs and was a lock on the team’s third line for years. He won his first Stanley Cup ever with the Kings in 2012 which was the first in the team’s history. Stoll would also partake in the team’s second championship win in 2014, when they defeated the Rangers in Game Seven of the cup finals.
After leaving LA, his career spiraled as he failed to make an impact with both the Rangers and Wild. Things would get worse off the ice as he would get arrested in the summer of 2015 for possession of illegal substances. His career would never get back on track after failed PTOs and he’d instead join the Kings in a role as a talent scout this past December. Along with his scouting role, Stoll is also a panel member for the Kings intermission show.
As it turns out, December was a big month for Stoll, as he also announced his engagement to Erin Andrew on December 9th.
14 Bryan Bickell: Out With Multiple Sclerosis
A big strong forward in his prime, Bryan Bickell helped power the Hawks to the Stanley Cup in 2013. Playing only four post-season games, Bryan managed to get his name on the 2010 and 2016 Cups as well, but he was far more valuable during the team's 2013 run. Bryan was one of the top forwards on the team and the Hawks rewarded his contributions with a massive four year, $16 million dollar deal.
Surprisingly, Bickell would turn into a liability for the team. The Hawks desperately traded away his contract over to Carolina. After stints in the AHL, Bryan's health continued to diminish and finally in November of this past year the reason why was finally established. Bryan was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and remains out indefinitely. At the age of 30, we hope to see him back in the NHL.
13 Michal Handzus: Plays For Banska Bystrica HC 05
Who can forget the towering center known as Zeus? As his career progressed, Michal Handzus began to focus on his two-game and that made him a valuable asset for the teams he played for. His greatest run as a pro came in the twilight of his career when he became a pivotal role player for the Hawks. Michal got to hoist the cup in 2013 alongside his Blackhawk teammates. He would be re-signed for one more season in which he played his 1,000th career game, but he was released the following year.
Despite the fact that many figured he'd retire (and most of you probably thought he did), Handzus is still going strong at the age of 39, playing back home in Slovakia. Zeus is currently playing his third consecutive season with Banska Bystrica HC 05.
12 Daniel Carcillo: Owner of A Hockey Camp
Known as Car Bomb for his reckless and tenacious hockey style, Daniel Carcillo made a living in the league because of his aggression and high energy, which made him a favorite to not only the fans, but to his teammates as well.
Carcillo found the greatest success of his career as a member of the Hawks. He got to raise the cup with the team in 2013 and also got his name engraved on Lord Stanley in 2015, despite not making a single playoff appearance. The following season, he announced his retirement from the game.
Ever since he left the league Carcillo has done his very best to give back. He's now helping players deal with alcohol and substance abuse as he struggled with the disease during his career. He's also the founder of a hockey camp teaching younger children. Carcillo is in charge of the camp alongside another former NHL player and teammate, Ben Eager. If you want your child to get boarding penalties, we highly recommend the school. Just kidding!
11 Tomas Kaberle: Retired As of September 22nd, 2016
Who can forget the defenseman who used a tiny stick with an even smaller blade. It looked so wrong, but, somehow, Tomas Kaberle got the job done.
Ask anyone in Leaf Nation and, at the time, they'd tell you Kaberle winning a cup was unheard of, but, as we've seen in the past, players win once they leave Toronto (cough Phil Kessel, cough). Escaping Leaf land and getting traded to the Bruins at the deadline, Kaberle fit in beautifully and won the Stanley Cup in 2011 as a member of the team. His career would be in absolute disarray after he left Boston, as the veteran flopped around the NHL, Czech league, and even the AHL at one point in time.
His last NHL season came during the 2012-13 campaign, with a brief run as a Hab, and he would end up finishing off his career over in his native land. The 2015-16 year was Tomas' final campaign as a pro, as he finished his career as a member of the Brno Kometa.
10 Rich Peverley: Player Development Coordinator For The Dallas Stars
His stats wouldn’t prove it, but Rich Peverley was a very useful positional player during his playing days. Still only 34, you would believe he'd still be in the league if not for the scary situation that ended his career in Dallas.
Like Kaberle, Rich was traded at the deadline to the Bruins, leaving an abysmal team back in Atlanta. He played a crucial role for the club helping the team win the Stanley Cup in 2011.
His career would take a shocking twist during a game against Columbus. Rich collapsed because of a cardiac arrest and was rushed to hospital. Thankfully, he survived the scary incident, but was forced to retire from the game he loves. Rich is still in the sport nowadays, working with the Stars front office as the Player Development Coordinator for the team.
9 David Rundblad: Plays For Zurich SC
Poor David Rundblad. Remember all the hype surrounding this guy, who was selected 17th overall by the St. Louis Blues? It's sad to think that the Sens acquired him in exchange for the 16th pick overall, as the Blues used that pick to take some kid named Vladimir Tarasenko. Yikes.
After struggling to find a suitable home, Rundblad found a little bit of chemistry with the Hawks, staying on board for three seasons. Soon after, he fled the NHL and continued his career overseas, which seems better suited for his style of play. David is currently playing his second year overseas as a member of the Swiss League's Zurich SC. It's remarkable to think he's still only 26. With a +19 rating this year for his team, who knows, maybe NHL teams will consider giving the d-man a second look.
8 Brandon Bollig: Plays For The Stockton Heat
Known for his fierce style of play, Brandon Bollig surprisingly won a gig with the Hawks a couple of years back. His time there went well and he cashed in nicely during the team's 2013 campaign, winning the Stanley Cup as a member of the franchise.
With his style of play becoming extinct in the NHL, Bollig hung on for dear life as a member of the Flames over the last two seasons. He managed to suit up more times than you'd think, appearing in 62 and 54 games the last two seasons. His most noteworthy stats were in the PIMs category, racking up almost 200 penalty minutes over the last two years with the club.
The Flames decided to keep Bollig down in the AHL this year and, surprisingly, he actually has a couple of goals thus far. With eight goals on the year, Bollig is putting up numbers he hasn’t seen since his days in the USHL with the Lincoln Stars.
7 Sheldon Brookbank: Free Agent
Sheldon Brookbank wasn’t known for his goal scoring, that's for sure, as his career high for goals was three, while he was with the Anaheim Ducks. Instead, Sheldon was a serviceable, gritty, stay-at-home defenseman that teams valued.
After a solid year with the Ducks, the Hawks showed interest in the d-man and brought him on board for a two-year deal. The decision paid off for both sides, as Sheldon would win his first cup in 2013 with the franchise.
Ultimately, the Hawks would let him walk at free agency and he failed in his PTO with the Flames, which caused him to look for work overseas. He played for the KHL briefly and later moved to the Finnish league, playing for Lukko Rauma.
He would return to North America and was playing with the Cleveland Monsters as of the end of 2016. His run was cut short as he was released by the team after his tryout period expired on December 12th, 2016, failing to make an impact in his six games with the club.
6 Robyn Regehr: Retired
A hard-nosed defenseman since the beginning of his career, Robyn Regehr carved out a solid career as a valued stay-at-home defenseman. He spent the bulk of his career out West as a member of the Calgary Flames and before joining the Sabres. He'd enjoy the final successes of his career as a member of the LA Kings.
His cup with the team was bittersweet, however, as Regehr was sidelined for most of the post-season with a knee injury. Regardless, the club valued his commitment to the team off-ice and that showed when Dustin Brown handed him the cup after his first lap. It really showed how much the team thought of him.
Shortly after, he'd call it a career, feeling his body was starting to give out. Rightfully so, the d-man ended his career as a member of the Flames, a place that he calls home today alongside his wife and kids.
5 Jeff Schultz: Plays For the San Diego Gulls
Selected in the first round of 2006 NHL Draft, the ceiling was pretty high for defenseman Jeff Schultz. Unfortunately, the numbers he put up as a member of the Calgary Hitmen back in his WHL days would not transition into the NHL (aside from his insane +50 year). Jeff struggled to stay relevant and bounced in and out of NHL lineups throughout his career.
His impact with the Kings during their cup win was minimal and he would be relegated down to the AHL. Just this past off-season, the Ducks decided to give the blueliner another chance, inking him to a one year, two-way deal. He's currently down in the AHL playing for the team's affiliate, the San Diego Gulls. In 31 games so far this season, he has no goals along with a -5 rating.
4 Kimmo Timonen: Restaurant and Nightclub Owner
We see it often in the NHL, where teams pick up a veteran face to motivate them that much more towards their goal of winning the Stanley Cup. Long time journeyman Kimmo Timonen enjoyed a tremendous career, but the Cup eluded him throughout it. The Hawks would make the move to acquire him and it paid off. In his final season, Kimmo captured the cup as Captain Toews handed it off to the veteran d-man following his lap. It was a great way to end his vastly underrated career.
Nowadays, as a father of three, Kimmo is enjoying life back in his native land of Kuopio, Finland. Along with being a family man, Kimmo owns several restaurants and nightclubs in his homeland.
3 Slava Voynov: St. Petersburg SKA
Drafted 32nd overall, Slava Voynov turned into one heck of a defenseman for the LA Kings. He was huge in the team's playoff runs and he even set a record in 2013, scoring five playoff goals, a club record for blueliners in the team's history.
It seemed like he and Drew Doughty would man the points for years to come, but that wasn’t the case as a shocking incident took place away from the rink. Slava was charged domestic abuse charges, which kept him away from the rink. He'd proceed to flee the scene and go back to Russia, joining St. Petersburg of the KHL. He's currently putting up outstanding numbers this year, picking up 11 goals and 33 points in just 41 games. It helps when you’re feeding the puck to a couple of guys name Kovalchuk and Datsyuk.
2 Mike Richards: Free Agent
As time goes on, it seems more and more likely that Mike Richards will soon officially call it a career from the game. At the age of 31, Richards remains teamless after a season spent with the Washington Capitals.
Say what you want about the tail end of his career, but winning followed the guy for most of his career. Richards is a Memorial Cup Champion, World Junior Champion, Calder Cup Champion and even an Olympic Gold Medalist. However, his most notable accomplishments are his Stanley Cup wins, winning the trophy twice with the LA Kings in 2012 and 2014. Although most remember the drop off from his playing ability in recent years, he was quite the player at one time and should be remembered as such if he is to retire.
1 Mark Recchi: Player Development Coach For The Pittsburgh Penguins
His final Cup was run in 2011 with the Boston Bruins and it was historical to say the least. At the age of 43, Recchi became the oldest player in Finals history to score a goal. As if that wasn’t enough, Mark would lead the team in scoring throughout the Finals, helping his teammates to an improbable Stanley Cup victory. He announced his retirement following the win and he became the last player out of the 80s to officially leave the league. He truly was one of the most under-appreciated players in league history.
Nowadays, the Pens want the veteran to distill his mentality to their young players. With that in mind, the Pens brought in Mark as the team's Player Development Coach. He celebrated with the franchise after their recent Stanley Cup victory.
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