Phil Kessel 

Phil Kessel 

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There are nine American born hockey players who will have their name engraved on the Stanley Cup in 2017. The nine American born Pittsburgh Penguin players are Nick Bonino of Hartford, Connecticut, Ian Cole of Ann Arbour, Michigan, Matt Cullen of Virginia, Minnesota, Brian Dumoulin of Biddeford, Maine, Jake Guentzel of Omaha, Nebraska, Ron Hainsey of Bolton, Connecticut, Phil Kessel of Madison, Wisconsin, Bryan Rust of Pontiac, Michigan, and Conor Sheary of Winchester, Massachusetts. On Sunday, the Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 to win the best out of seven Stanley Cup Final series four games to two. 

Of the nine Americans, Kessel had the best Stanley Cup playoffs. He had 23 points, the third most on the Penguins. He was only behind Evgeni Malkin with 28 points and Sidney Crosby with 27 points.  Crosby meanwhile won his second consecutive Conn Smythe Trophy. There are only two players who have been able to accomplish that feat--Bernie Parent of the Philadelphia Flyers (1974 and 1975) and Mario Lemieux of the Penguins (1991 and 1992). 

However it should also be noted it was an outstanding postseason for the rookie Guentzel. He had 13 goals, which led all players in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. 

In game six, Dumoulin was the only American to get on the scoresheet as he recorded an assist on the Penguins empty net insurance goal by Carl Hagelin. Hainsey meanwhile was the first player to take the Stanley Cup from Crosby in the post game on-ice celebration. This was Hainsey's first career Stanley Cup win. The defenseman had played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Montreal Canadiens, Columbus Blue Jackets, Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets and Carolina Hurricanes prior to this year and he had never played in a playoff game. He now has 25 playoff games under his belt and a Stanley Cup.