The quest for the Stanley Cup begins tonight as the National Hockey League (NHL) Playoffs get into full swing featuring three former Penticton Vees.
Nashville Predators defenseman Dante Fabbro, Colorado Avalanche forward Tyson Jost and Boston Bruins defenseman Mike Reilly will all suit up, beginning Saturday, in their quest for the Stanley Cup and to be crowd 2021 Champions. The Bruins and Reilly begin their playoff series against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night while Fabbro and the Predators face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes beginning on Monday along with Jost and the Avalanche battling the St. Louis Blues, also getting underway on Monday night.
Fabbro, 23, is in his third season in the NHL, spending a total of 108 career regular season games with the Predators. The Coquitlam, BC product amassed a career-high 12 points on the backend this season, scoring 2 goals and 10 assists in 40 games played while averaging just under 20 minutes of ice time. Fabbro is making his third trip to the playoffs with Nashville while looking to move beyond the first round of the postseason for the first time.
Jost, 23, is in his fourth season with the Avs, posting 7 goals and 10 assists for 17 points in 54 games played while tallying 39 goals and 50 assists for 89 points in 262 career NHL games. The St. Albert, Alberta native is playing in his fourth playoffs with the Avalanche and has 4 career playoff goals heading into the 2021 postseason.
Reilly, 27, is in his seventh season in the NHL, playing with the Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and now the Bruins, where he will make his first trip to the playoffs. The Chicago, Illinois native has played in 259 career NHL games, scoring 8 goals and 72 assists for 80 points in that span. Reilly was traded to Boston earlier this season from Ottawa at the Trade Deadline.