The United States Premier Hockey League congratulates former Islanders Hockey Club standout Zach Sanford for winning his first - and the St. Louis Blues’ first - Stanley Cup on Wednesday, June 12.
Sanford helped the Blues by scoring the fourth goal in the 4-1 Cup-clinching victory, his fourth point in five Cup final games.
Sanford, a ‘94-born resident of Salem, Mass., played for the Islanders Hockey Club in 2012-13, their first year under that moniker.
He scored 12 goals and 36 points in 37 games, leading to his being drafted out of his junior season with the Islanders in 2013 in the second round, 61st overall. Sanford is in his second season (and third year) with the St. Louis Blues, playing 70 games during the regular season. He scored 20 points there, and added a goal and three assists in eight games.
Three of those assists actually came in three straight games, between Games 3-5 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Sanford played his first three games of the playoffs against the Winnipeg Jets in the first round and returned to the lineup in Game 3 of the Cup finals, earning himself an assist, his first playoff point.
Sanford also played for the Blues during the 2016-17 season, registering four playoff appearances after starting the NHL season with the Washington Capitals. The Capitals signed Sanford in 2016 after his sophomore season at Boston College.