Salt Lake City native Trevor Lewis did not have as much offensive impact in the Los Angeles Kings’ clinching victory this time, but he’s a Stanley Cup winner again.
The Kings defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime in Friday night’s Game 5 of the final series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Two years ago, Lewis scored two goals in Game 6 vs. New Jersey as the Kings claimed the franchise’s first title and enabled him to have his name engraved on the iconic trophy.
His biggest contribution in this series came in Game 3. Lewis was on the ice for 5 minutes, 18 seconds of penalty-killing in the team’s 3-0 victory.
On the way to the Stanley Cup final, the Kings won three Game 7s on the road. Lewis scored the game-winning goal against Anaheim in Game 6 of a second-round series as the Kings stayed alive.
In Friday’s game, Lewis was very active offensively in both overtime sessions, but barely missed a couple of scoring chances before teammate Willie Martinez scored the winning goal.
Hockey tradition dictates that each member of the winning team gets custody of the Cup for one day. Lewis displayed the trophy in the Salt Lake Valley in August 2012, staging a series of public and private events. He maintains close ties with family members and friends in his hometown and has a good relationship with the Utah Grizzlies, who helped him an organize a Cup celebration at the Maverik Center and signed him to play six games during NHL lockout in 2012-13. So he’s likely to share his latest triumph with Utahns.
Lewis, who played for Brighton’s club team as a freshman in 2002, is only the fourth Utah athlete to play for two championship teams in the NBA Finals, the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup final or the World Series. He joins Ogden’s Arnie Ferrin (Minneapolis Lakers), West’s Fred Sanford (New York Yankees) and Roy’s Jim McMahon (Chicago Bears/Green Bay Packers) in that group.
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