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11-29-2010, 03:07 AM
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Stanley Cup wins early in the career

While players like Lanny McDonald and Ray Bourque ended their careers with the first Stanley Cup victory, I was thinking players who have completely opposite career that way. Winning the Cup early, and then no team success. Mainly with players who had long career, not necessarily star players.

Jaromir Jagr - Cup wins in his first two years, since then 15 seasons without one
Alexei Kovalev - Cup in his second year and drought after that.
Theoren Fleury - Cup in his rookie year
Martin Gelinas - Cup in his first full season, 17 years of career after that
Brian Rolston - Cup in his rookie year

Chris Chelios was set for this for some time, until he won his second Cup in 2002 at the age of 40 (then third in 2008)

Of the players listed, Kovalev and Rolston are of course active NHLers, Jagr active player too, but worth of mentioning I think.

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Gomez won the cup as a rookie in 2000, and then again as a 4th year player in 2003.

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Ozolinsh and Leclair won it pretty early both of them and never won it again

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Adam Deadmarsh was 21 when he won with the Avs in -96.
Traded to Kings prior to Avalanche's second Cup in -01.

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Getzlaf could end up like this with the way the Ducks look.

I wonder how players like this feel. Sometimes players win it young, become a superstar, and never win it as a superstar. Do you think this bothers them?

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11-29-2010, 10:49 AM
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loob too, as mcdonald, won the cup in his last nhl game, but he was 29

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Getzlaf could end up like this with the way the Ducks look.

I wonder how players like this feel. Sometimes players win it young, become a superstar, and never win it as a superstar. Do you think this bothers them?
Depends. If they played 10 minutes per game on the 4th line, then it probably bothers them and they are very hungry to win another one.
If they played an instrumental role (like Getzlaf and Jagr) in their win, then probably not much.

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Eric Staal and Cam Ward fit into this. Both 21 years old. Ward's rookie season and Staal's sophomore season. Lots of time left in their careers. Andrew Ladd was another young guy on the team but he managed to win the Cup again last season.

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Chris Drury and Alex Tanguay with the Avs

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Chris Drury and Alex Tanguay with the Avs
And Hejduk.

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Getzlaf could end up like this with the way the Ducks look.

I wonder how players like this feel. Sometimes players win it young, become a superstar, and never win it as a superstar. Do you think this bothers them?
Just because we are going through a tough few years, doesn't mean we will be bad forever.

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My hope is that you will.

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you could bring up Gordie Howe. 16 seasons after his last Stanley.

but then again he had already played 9 seasons (with 4 cups (and of course 2 WHL Championships after that)), so maybe not.

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Todd Sloan played only 29 games for the 48/49 Leafs and wasn't included on the Stanley Cup engraving. He won one in his first full season (50/51) and his last season (60/61).

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Its a long ways off, but Toews and Kane won it in their third season. The Hawks are flirting with .500 so far this year, not unusual at the beginning of the season of a Cup champ, but if this is their only Cup it wouldn't be the first time the Hawks had two youngens on their team only to never win again (1961)

Mike Rupp was a rookie in 2003. He scored one goal that playoff, the Cup winner! I think the Pens have more Cup(s) in them, but Rupp wasn't on the 2009 team so 2003 is his last so far

Brent Sutter won the Cup in his first two years as an Islander and never won again

Joe Murphy won it very early, although he was so full of himself he probably won it in his head a time or two afterwards.........

Bill Barber won it in season 2 & 3. Was a big part of them, but despite close calls never won again

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I made an account just to reply to this Thread. I was very surprised Gary Roberts wasn't mentioned.

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Flem. MacKell:

..Won the Cup in Toronto in 1949,as a 19 Year old at the dawn of His career..Captured Stanley again in 51, then came close to sipping Champagne in Boston a decade`s end.


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Boyd Deveraux - DRW, 2002
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Had he been born a year earlier Shayne "quitter" Corson would have won his only Cup in 1986.

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so is jagr the only player to win back to back cups in his first two seasons? Were there any other rookies on the team with jagr in 1990 that stayed with them and won the next one?

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