The Big Rig Effect

As Drake said “we’re going back to back.” It’s almost like Drake was foreshadowing Patrick Maroon’s historic Stanley Cup hat trick ride.

For the third straight season, Patrick Maroon is a Stanley Cup champion. In 2019, he became hoisted the Cup for the first time with his hometown St.Louis Blues. Following an offseason move to Tampa, Maroon went onto to win his second Stanley Cup in the NHL bubble in Edmonton. Finally, Maroon won his third consecutive cup on Wednesday night with Tampa.

Maroon has become a part of a very exclusive club. He is only the 8th player in NHL history to have won consecutive Stanley Cups with two different teams. Maroon is the first player to win consecutive Cups since some of the New York Islanders of the 1980’s completed their four-peat in the early 80’s. 

Pat Maroon’s Stanley Cup hat trick goes back to the 2019 season and that worst-to-first run with the Blues. Heading into the 2018-2019 season, the Blues has not won a Stanley Cup for over 50 years. The Blues defeated the Boston Bruins in seven games in the 2019 off-season to win.

The Lightning’s 2020 win was their first since 2005. Following the bubble victory, Maroon signed a two-year contract extension in October to stay with the Bolts through to the 2022-23 season. 

The 2021 NHL play-off season was nothing short of magical for Maroon, also commonly known as ‘Big Rig’. Playing in all 23 playoff games, amassing 4 points, Maroon completed the Stanley Cup hat trick during game 5 against Montreal where the Lightning won 1-0. 

Patrick Maroon has become a household name in recent years around the NHL. The solid bottom 6 contributor has become a strong presence in both Cup winning locker rooms he has been apart of. His steady presence translates to the ice, as well. A player who, both, players and coaches know what they’re gonna get from each and every night. 

The question has arose of how Maroon is pulling these victories off. Does he just bring his Stanley Cup pedigree with him to every team he plays for? Is he that good? Or is it just plain luck? Whatever the case may be, it is a huge accomplishment. Patrick Maroon is carving a large section for himself in NHL history books. With the Tampa Bay Lightning looking like the NHL’s future dynasty, there’s a very large statistical chance that the Lighting could be back in the Stanley Cup Final again next year. If Maroon stays a Bolt, will he make it 4 in a row? I guess only time will tell. 

Congratulations to all those in the Lightning organization on continuing the storm and hoisting the cup for a second time.

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