Twenty years ago, it was the morning after for Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek. With only 11 games as an NHL defenseman under his belt, he also possessed the one thing every player dreams about: the Stanley Cup.
The Pittsburgh Penguins won their first cup on May 25, 1991, finishing off the Minnesota North Stars with an 8-0 win in Game 6. Paek, then 24, scored his first NHL goal in that contest – the only playoff goal of his NHL career – off an assist from the legendary Mario Lemieux.
Paek was quoted or referenced in a pair of articles that ran in yesterday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, including a 20th anniversary retrospective and an interesting where-are-they-now sidebar listing the current whereabouts of every member of that historic Penguins team.
- Retirements could lead to debut of Smith (RotoWorld)
- Red Wings’ Tomas Tatar keeps improving, miffed Grand Rapids missed playoffs (Detroit Free Press)
- Derek Meech says it’s time to move on after 7 years in Red Wings’ organization (Detroit Free Press)
Alumni news and notes:
- Kelly Miller confident new Michigan State hockey staff will be able to recruit (Detroit Free Press)
- Future remains unclear for Osgood, Ericsson (Detroit News)