Two former Kelowna Rockets defencemen raised the Stanley Cup above their head last night following the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 1-0 victory to clinch the Stanley Cup. Luke Schenn won his second consecutive cup with the Lightning, while 22-year-old former Rockets captain Cal Foote lifted the cup for the first time as a player.
Tampa Bay claimed their third Stanley Cup in franchise history, and second in as many seasons, by defeating the Montreal Canadiens in five games in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.
While both players did not appear in the finals, both will have their names engraved on the cup. A player must dress in at least half of the teams regular-season games to get his name on the cup, which both did. Schenn played in eight playoff games and 38 regular-season games this year, while Foote appeared in 35 regular-season games.
Schenn becomes the first Rockets player to win back-to-back cups, and second to win it multiple times (Duncan Keith-’10, ’13, 15).
Drafted 20th overall by the Rockets in the first round of the 2004 WHL Bantam Draft, Schenn went on to appear in 189 WHL regular-season games all with the Rockets over three seasons, collecting 68 points (12G, 56A) and 323 penalty minutes.
Schenn became the highest-drafted Rocket into the NHL when the Toronto Maple Leafs traded up to selected the Saskatoon, Sask. product 5th overall at the 2008 NHL Draft.
Foote, a second-round pick of the Rockets in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, suited up in 202 WHL regular-season games also all with the Rockets over three seasons, collecting 163 points (33G, 130A) and 123 penalty minutes.
The Lightning selected Foote 14th overall at the 2017 NHL Draft. He’s the son of two time Stanley Cup champion defenceman Adam Foote.
Former Rockets players Scott Parker (2001), Travis Moen (2007), Duncan Keith (2010, 2013, 2015), Kyle Cumisky (2015), Madison Bowey (2018), Schenn (2020, 2021) and now Foote (2021) have all won the Stanley Cup. Kim Dillabaugh, a former Rockets goaltender coach, was a part of the Los Angeles Kings 2012 and 2014 championships as their goaltender development coach.