The Stanley Cup is arguably the hardest trophy in all of sports to win. The silver trophy weighs roughly 35 pounds, yet feels weightless to the players fortunate enough to hoist it in celebration each June.
Hockey is punishing enough with a marathon 82-game season. Tack on four playoff rounds to accrue another 16 wins, and you see why the Cup is so revered amongst not only NHL players but also sports fans as a whole.
Some players are lucky enough to have had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup on multiple occasions. Some of these players include Jean Beliveau (10-time champion), Maurice Richard (8-time champion), Mark Messier (6-time champion) and of course, Wayne Gretzky (4-time champion).
We often associate multiple championships with all-time greats. Yet, there are plenty of marginal players who lifted the Cup more than once during their careers.
I don’t mean to belittle these players, or suggest that they played absolutely no role in their team’s success. However, it’s easy to see from this list that some guys were just in the right place at the right time, and experienced hockey’s greatest triumph not once, but twice. That's why players shouldn't solely be judged based on how many Cups they won. Do you think Dan Carcillo is better than Alex Ovechkin?
Here are 15 such players who lucked out and won multiple Stanley Cups.
15 Kevin Hodson - Detroit Red Wings, 1997 and 1998
I don’t blame the Red Wings for relegating Hodson to a backup role during the team’s mid to late 90s Stanley Cup runs. When you have a star netminder in Chris Osgood, you should roll with him every time. However, Hodson was relegated to a third string role, behind Mike Vernon, during his time in the Motor City.
Thus, his contributions during the Wings’ championship 1996-97 season were minimal, going 2-2-1 in six games started. He managed to rebound the following season, posting a 9-3-3 in 21 games, and winning another Cup. Yet, Hodson never progressed past a backup role in the NHL.
14 Dave Bolland - Chicago Blackhawks, 2010 and 2013
I almost didn’t put Dave Bolland on this list. Even with his mediocre production over the past few seasons, he did score the game-winning goal in the final minute of Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final to give Chicago their second Cup championship in three seasons.
Bolland put up two 19-goal seasons in Chicago despite garnering a reputation as a pest and the nickname “The Rat.” His 17 goals in 67 playoff games aren’t all that bad, either.
13 Nolan Pratt - 2001 Colorado Avalanche, and 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning
A stay-at-home defenseman who was never very flashy on offense, Pratt scored only nine goals and 65 points in 592 regular season games. He added one assist in 38 career playoff games but managed to win two Stanley Cups.
The Hartford Whalers selected Pratt with their third round pick in 1993 but didn’t call up him up until 1996. After a brief spell in the AHL, Pratt spent the next three seasons with the Whalers as they moved to Carolina and became the Hurricanes. He was traded to the Avalanche before the 2000-01 season and won his first Stanley Cup that year.
The Avs traded Pratt to Tampa Bay for a sixth rounder in 2001, but Pratt would triumph again, winning another ring with the Lightning in 2004.
12 Tim Taylor - 1997 Detroit Red Wings and 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning
As any sports fan will tell you, it’s not about producing in the regular season, it’s about coming through in the playoffs. Well, Tim Taylor didn’t exactly have stellar stats in either category. Yes, he was a fourth-line player for Scotty Bowman’s Detroit Red Wings and served an important role as a “character” guy in the locker room.
Yet, if we’re talking strictly numbers, his 73 goals and 167 points in 746 regular season games aren’t all that impressive. That’s nothing compared to his two goals and 14 points in 84 career playoff games. He took costly penalties as well, racking up 73 PIM in those 84 games. He played just two games during the Wings’ 1997 playoff run, but still hoisted the Cup that June.
11 Kyle Clifford - Los Angeles Kings, 2012 and 2014
Clifford is another Cup-winning bottom-six left winger who didn’t exactly light the lamp with regularity. Despite his second-round draft status back in 2009, Clifford has only potted 31 goals in 412 games with the Los Angeles Kings. He won his first Stanley Cup with the team in 2012 but appeared in just three games during their playoff run that year.
Clifford tallied one goal and seven points in 24 playoff games for the Kings when they defeated the New York Rangers in 2014, marking their second championship in three seasons.
10 Mark Hartigan - 2007 Anaheim Ducks and 2008 Detroit Red Wings
It’s not often that an undrafted forward who played for four NHL teams would wind up with two Stanley Cup rings. Yet, that’s exactly what happened with Mark Hartigan, who won his two championships in back-to-back seasons with the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings in 2007 and 2008, respectively.
Hartigan played just six regular-season games and one playoff game for the Ducks, going scoreless in those contests. His name wasn’t engraved on the Cup, but he was still awarded a championship ring in 2007.
The same thing happened one year later in Detroit. Hartigan played 23 regular season games, scoring three goals, and in four postseason games, registering one assist. He failed to meet the minimum requirement for games played, so his name was left off the Cup once again, but he still received a championship ring.
9 Rick Chartraw - 1976-79 Montreal Canadiens, 1984 Edmonton Oilers
Rick Chartraw benefitted from his membership on the dynastic Montreal teams of the late 1970s. Chartraw was the tenth overall pick by the Canadiens in the 1974 draft but didn’t exactly play like the star he was projected to be.
He scored just 20 goals over seven seasons in Montreal. He added a mere seven goals and 11 points 51 playoff games, but still won four Stanley Cups with Montreal from 1976-1979.
8 Chris Dingman - 2001 Colorado Avalanche, and 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning
Dingman made his name in the NHL as an enforcer, and his pugnacious nature suited his name perfectly. He certainly “dinged” a ton of guys over his 120 fights in the league. However, he wasn’t much of a player beyond that.
He scored 15 goals and 19 assists in his 385-game career. He won his first Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, but only contributed one goal and one assist in 41 regular season games that year, and four assists in 16 playoff games.
The following season, in which he split between Carolina and Tampa Bay, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound enforcer went scoreless with just five assists in 44 games.
In 2004, the Lightning captured its first Stanley Cup championship, defeating the Calgary Flames. Dingman contributed one goal and one assist in 23 playoff games for the Bolts as he earned his second championship ring.
7 Craig Adams - 2006 Carolina Hurricanes and 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins
Craig Adams was selected in the ninth round of the 1996 NHL draft and scored just 55 goals and 160 points in 951 regular season games. He was the Hartford Whalers’ last ever draft pick before the team’s relocation to North Carolina in 1997.
Adams didn’t make his NHL debut until 2000 when he played 44 games and tallied one goal. He was a non-factor offensively during the Hurricanes’ Stanley Cup run in 2006, going scoreless in 25 postseason games that year. He still hoisted the Cup as a Hurricane.
After parts of two seasons in Chicago, Adams was picked up on waivers by Pittsburgh in March of 2009. He fared better during the Penguins’ playoff run, totaling three goals and five points in 24 games. He won his second Stanley Cup despite improved, yet minimal contributions.
6 Bill Dineen - Detroit Red Wings, 1954 and 1955
Dineen spent five seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, winning back-to-back Stanley Cups with the team in 1954 and 1955. However, he was perhaps better known as a hockey coach rather than a hockey player.
Dineen spent most of his playing career in the minor leagues. Yes, he had a solid rookie season in 1953-1954, potting 17 goals and 25 points, but he was out of the NHL just four years later. Dineen played the final 13 years of his career split between the AHL and the WHL.
In 323 NHL regular season games, Dineen scored 51 goals and 95 points. In 37 playoff games, however, Dineen tallied just one goal and one assist.
5 Colin Fraser - 2010 Chicago Blackhawks, 2012 and 2014 Los Angeles Kings
Fraser won three Stanley Cups during his 10-year career, one with Chicago in 2010 and two with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014. Yet, the 31-year-old forward retired from professional hockey in 2015 after scoring 20 career NHL goals.
“I guess I got rewarded,” Fraser admitted to TheHockeyNews.com. “Maybe more than some guys do, which is why I consider myself a little bit lucky."
Fraser certainly had some luck, as he played for the right team at the right time. He played in three playoff games for Chicago in 2010, going scoreless on his way to his first Cup championship. He dressed for 18 total playoff games for Los Angeles in 2012, notching one goal and one assist. Fraser didn’t even appear in any playoff games for the Kings in 2014 but won another Cup (although his name wasn’t engraved on the trophy that year).
4 Shawn Chambers - 1995 New Jersey Devils, and 1999 Dallas Stars
Chambers is perhaps best known today as the guy Mario Lemieux deked out of his skates before scoring a beautiful goal in the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals. However, apart from his defensive lapses, Chambers did manage to win two Stanley Cups in the 1990’s. His defensive play improved during his time playing under Jacques Lemaire’s trap system in New Jersey.
Chambers’ first championship came after a 20-game playoff run with the New Jersey Devils in 1995. The Michigan native contributed four goals and five assists during that run.
By the time the Devils traded Chambers to the Dallas Stars in the late 1990s, the defenseman was in the twilight of his career. He appeared in 41 playoff games over three seasons in Dallas, registering one goal and 12 points. Still, he hoisted the Stanley Cup for the second time when the Stars defeated the Buffalo Sabres in the Finals in 1999.
3 Jay Caufield - Pittsburgh Penguins, 1991 and 1992
It’s not often that undrafted NHL players with less than 10 career goals win multiple Stanley Cups. Clearly, you haven’t heard of Jay Caufield, an undrafted right winger out of the University of North Dakota, who won back-to-back Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound forward spent most of his playing career in the International Hockey League (IHL) a now-defunct minor professional league that folded in 2001.
Caufield averaged four penalty minutes per game over 194 career games with the Penguins and scored three regular season goals. He appeared in five playoff games during the Penguins’ 1992 playoff run and went scoreless.
2 Don Jackson - Edmonton Oilers, 1984 and 1985
Jackson was another player who got lucky as a member of the Oilers’ dynastic run in the mid-1980's. Originally a third-round draft pick of the Minnesota North Stars, Jackson spent most of his early career playing for the Stars' minor league affiliate in Oklahoma.
Jackson was traded to the Oilers in 1981 and spent most of his first season playing for Edmonton's minor league team. Jackson eventually played 262 games for the Oilers, winning two Stanley Cup rings in 1984 and 1985.
1 Daniel Carcillo - Chicago Blackhawks, 2013 and 2015
Carcillo doesn’t share the anonymity of many players on this list. Why is he number one, then? Well, he was almost universally despised by other teams’ players and resorted to vicious hits when his skills couldn't get the job done. He didn't back up his pugnacious, sometimes dirty play, with solid offensive contributions.
For instance, his hit on Winnipeg's Mathieu Perrault in January 2015 earned him a six-game suspension and a hefty fine. It was the TWELFTH time Carcillo had been suspended or fined in his career.
In 390 NHL games, Carcillo scored just 44 goals and registered 1179 penalty minutes!
He didn't even play a single game for the Blackhawks during the team's Cup run in 2015, yet he still received a championship ring that June.
Carcillo has forged a nobler post-retirement career, founding the "Chapter 5 Foundation" to help current and former players struggling with depression and anxiety. However, during his playing days, Carcillo was nothing more than a pest.
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