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Dater’s Daily: Justus Annunen Wants Bigger Year, Who Gets Name On Cup?



Justus Annunen Avalanche

Good Friday to all. Another hot, hot, hot day here in Thornton. I can sit on the deck until about 10 a.m. usually, then the heat gets just too much. Oh, and our AC is on the fritz. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. About the only place that’s cool right now is jumping in the Nissan Leaf and blasting the AC. Of course, that makes the battery drain faster. I just can’t win, I tell ya. Let’s do some around-the-horn NHL links, starting with one on Avalanche prospect goalie Justus Annunen.

  • Our friend Ryan Boulding got some quotes from Annunen recently. He’s likely ticketed to play another year in Loveland with the Eagles, but presumably would get a call-up if injuries strike Pavel Francouz or Alexandar Georgiev. Justus Annunen really wants to post some better numbers than last season, even though they were pretty decent. (
  • I hope to learn who from the Avalanche will officially get their names on the Cup, players and staff. Might know that by today. A reminder: players such as Tyson Jost, despite playing a lot of games with the Avalanche during the regular season, can’t get their names on the Cup once they’re traded.
  • Former Avalanche coach Bob Hartley thinks Sean Monahan is going to be a steal for the Canadiens this season (Montreal Hockey Now)
  • Speaking of Sean Monahan, in a recent intro to Montreal Canadiens fans video produced by the team, Monahan revealed the culprit behind the popular (55,000 followers), parody Twitter account @boringmonahan and it was his former Calgary Flames teammate and retired NHLer Chris Butler. Great read here by our man in Cowtown, Steve Macfarlane.
  • What will the Vegas Golden Knights forward lines look like this season?
  • PTO candidates for the Golden Knights (Vegas Hockey Now)
  • I think P.K. Subban will go to either Chicago, Dallas, Buffalo or Anaheim.

Have a pleasant Friday, and stay thirsy my friends.

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I am not sure at all, but I think the rule looks like this regarding whether or not a player gets his name carved out on the cup :

  • 20 games or more played during the regular season
  • Any player who played at least one game during the playoffs gets his name on the cup, even if he did not play a single game during the regular season’s calendar.

I may be wrong, or I may be right but even in that case rules could have changed.

Luke Waggoner

You’re off by a little. The rule says that a player has to have played at least 41 games during the regular season, or at least 1 game during the Stanley Cup Final. Games played in the playoffs prior to the final don’t matter.

A team can also petition for the league to put a player’s name on the cup even if they don’t technically meet the requirements, but that’s a very rarely used option.


I did not realize until recently that the Avs’ assistant coach Nolan Pratt is now a 3 time Stanley Cup champ and that in fact he won the Cup with the Avs in 2001 despite not dressing up during the playoffs – his name is on the cup for the 2001 campaign. Funny enough, him along with ’01 Avs champ Chris Dingman also played on the 2004 Lightning team that won the Cup. In that run, Pratt played in 20 games.

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