The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) congratulates former Islanders Hockey Club standout Zach Sanford for winning his – and the St. Louis Blues' – first-ever Stanley Cup Championship on Wednesday, June 12.
The Blues dominated the Boston Bruins, 4-1, in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final for their first title in the franchise's 52-year history.
For the fourth time this series, Sanford found himself on the stat sheet with one point, this time finding the back of the net late in the third period extend St. Louis' lead, 4-0, and seal their storybook ending.
Sanford, a 1994-born resident of Salem, Massachusetts, is a former member of the Islanders Hockey Club. In the 2012-13 season, their first year under that moniker, Sanford tallied 36 points (12 goals, 24 assists) in 37 games played for IHC. Following the season, he was drafted by the Washington Capitals with the 61st overall pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The Capitals would officially sign Sanford after playing two seasons with Boston College.
Since joining the league on October 16, 2016, Sanford has appeared in 111 regular season and postseason games for the Capitals and Blues.
The 2018-19 season was Sanford's first full season in the NHL, enjoying success on offense as the Blues climbed their way into the playoff picture and, eventually, a Stanley Cup title. In 60 regular season games for St. Louis, he earned 20 points (8G, 12A) along with maintaining a plus-8 rating. In the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Sanford appeared in eight games, with all four of his points (1G, 3A) coming in the Cup Final against Boston.
ALUMNI STATISTICS - ST. LOUIS
Zach Sanford - 1G | 0A | 1P | 1 | 2 SOG | 13:48 TOI
ALUMNI STATISTICS - BOSTON
Noel Acciari - 0G | 0A | 0P | -1 | 1 SOG | 8:47 TOI
Charlie Coyle - 0G | 0A | 0P | +/- 0 | 2 SOG | 15:13 TOI