Worcester Sharks connections in the Stanley Cup Finals

Worcester Sharks connections in the Stanley Cup Finals
 
With the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks set to battle it out in the Stanley Cup Finals beginning on Wednesday, there will be plenty of familiar faces to root for (or against) in the quest for the Cup!
 
Chicago Blackhawks:
Former Worcester Sharks goaltender and good guy Carter Hutton is listed as the third goaltender for the Blackhawks. Hutton made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks this season making 28 saves in a 3-1 loss in St. Louis on April 27. Carter went 11-7-2 in 22 games with Worcester in 2010-11. If the Blackhawks get an injury in net, we could see Hutton play back-up in the series.
 
Worcester Sharks forward Sebastian Stalberg’s older brother Victor Stalberg plays forward for the Blackhawks. Victor has three assists in 15 games for Chicago during the playoffs after having 23 points (9-14-23) in 47 games in the regular season.
 
Center Michal Handzus was a member of the San Jose Sharks before he was traded to Chicago for a 4th round draft pick (could see that player in Worcester) on April 1. Michal has nine points (2-7-9) in 17 playoff games for the Blackhawks. In addition, Handzus played 69 games with the Worcester IceCats in 1997-98.
 
Boston Bruins:
Several Boston Bruins played at the DCU Center as members of the Providence Bruins over the last several years; the list includes: David Krejci, Torrey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Johnny Boychuk, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, Matt Bartkowski, Jordan Caron, and Anton Khudobin. In addition, Wade Redden played against the Sharks as a member of the CT Whale.
 
Worcester Sharks forward Freddie Hamilton’s younger brother Dougie Hamilton plays defense for the Bruins. Dougie has played seven games in the playoffs for the Bruins (0-3-3) after appearing in 42 games during the regular season (5-11-16).

Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton signed autographs twice for Worcester Sharks fans at the DCU Center over the last few years.  Thornton has four assists and 16 penalty minutes in 16 playoff games for the Bruins.  Also, Shawn scored a goal in the first ever Worcester Sharks home game at the DCU Center for the Portland Pirates on Oct 14, 2006.
 
Have any other Worcester Sharks connections in the Stanley Cup Finals? If so, shoot me an email at elindquist@sharksahl.com.



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