Boyle, Kreider Vie for Stanley Cup
June 3, 2014
Boston College hockey alums Brian Boyle (2003-07) and Chris Kreider (2009-12) will have a chance to skate for their first Stanley Cup as members of the New York Rangers starting on Wednesday, June 4, in game one of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Rangers shutout the Montreal Canadiens in game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday, May 29, at Madison Square Garden to punch their ticket to their first Stanley Cup series in 20 years.
Both Boyle and Kreider look to become the 11th and 12th Eagles in program history to have their names etched into Lord Stanley.
Boston College has had the privilege of 16 Eagle names being engraved on the Stanley Cup, as Rob Scuderi, Bill Guerin, Doug Brown, Kevin Stevens and Joe Mullen have all won the Stanley Cup with their respective teams on multiple occasions.
Kreider and Boyle have been key contributors to the Rangers' success, both during the regular season and postseason.
Kreider, the Boxford, Mass., native, finished eighth in scoring throughout the regular season with 17 goals and 20 assists for a 37-point campaign in 66 games played. Boyle was one of three Rangers to skate in all 82 games of the regular season, accruing 18 points (6-12-18) along the way.
In the postseason, Kreider is averaging a point per game, scoring four goals along with six assists in 10 games played while Boyle has posted a pair of goals and four helpers in 20 outings.
Kreider helped Boston College to a pair of national titles in 2010 and 2012 and was the leading scorer for the Eagles as a junior. The 6-foot-3 forward was second-team All-Hockey East in 2012 and member of the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2009-10.
Boyle, the Hingham, Mass., native, was a two-time All-American (first team in 2007 and second team in 2006) and the most valuable player of the 2005 Hockey East Tournament.
Should the Rangers go on to win the Stanley Cup, Boston College would be tied with the most names of any college program on the Cup. Wisconsin is tied with the Eagles, both with 16 alums represented on the Stanley Cup. The Badgers would remain in step with BC for most names on the Cup as Wisconsin alums Derek Stepan (2008-10) and Ryan McDonagh (2007-10) are teammates of Boyle and Kreider.
The Rangers and Kings start off the 2014 Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday, June 4, at the Staples Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. (EST) on NBC.
EAGLE STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS
2013 - Ben Smith (Chicago)
2012 - Rob Scuderi (Los Angeles)
2009 - Bill Guerin (Pittsburgh)
2009 - Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh)
2009 - Rob Scuderi (Pittsburgh)
2007 - Ryan Shannon (Anaheim)
2003 - Brian Gionta (New Jersey)
1998 - Doug Brown (Detroit)
1997 - Doug Brown (Detroit)
1995 - Bill Guerin (New Jersey)
1994 - Brian Leetch (NY Rangers)
1992 - Kevin Stevens (Pittsburgh)
1992 - Joe Mullen (Pittsburgh)
1991 - Kevin Stevens (Pittsburgh)
1991 - Joe Mullen (Pittsburgh)
1989 - Joe Mullen (Calgary)