The only player eligible to join in this year’s Stanley Cup Final, defender Jay Bouwmeester tonight joined Triple Gold Club by virtue of winning Lord Stanley’s Mug with the St. Louis Blues, becoming the 30th male and twelfth Canadian to join the club, adding to his two World Championship and Olympic Gold medals.
Bouwmeester, a Blue since 2012 and an NHL player for a decade previously with Florida and Calgary, was part of the defensive fortress that catapulted the Blues to the Cup, particularly in the seventh and final game against Boston, stacking up alongside the likes of Alex Pietrangelo and Colton Parayko, paired with rookie goalie sensation Jordan Binnington, to shut down the Bruins. Bouwmeester, who never even made the playoffs before joining the Blues, wins the Cup in his first Finals in his career.
Bouwmeester joined Team Canada at the 2000 World Juniors, playing at three straight Juniors tournaments, winning straight bronzes and a silver in 2002. Joining the senior men’s team in 2003, Bouwmeester won World Championship Gold at the 2003 and 2004 tournaments, along with winning the 2004 World Cup. Bouwmeester has since added another Worlds Silver medal (2008), World Cup title (2016), and an Olympic Gold in 2014.
Bouwmeester becomes the fourteenth player to join the Club with the Stanley Cup as the final win, and the tenth to win in the order of World Championship Gold, Olympic Gold and Stanley Cup. As mentioned, Bouwmeester is the twelfth Canadian to join the Club, and the first in three years, with the last being Corey Perry on 22 May 2016. Bouwmeester joins Rob Blake, Scott Neidermayer and Chris Pronger as the only Canadian defenders in the Club, and ironically is the first Canadian to join winning the Stanley Cup since Bruin Patrice Bergeron in 2011.
Our congratulations go out to Jay Bouwmeester on his achievement in joining this prestigious club of international hockey stars!