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Bortuzzo wins Stanley Cup

Thunder Bay defenceman scored twice in 17 playoff appearances as St. Louis made an improbable run from worst to first to capture their first NHL championship.
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Robert Bortuzzo is the first former SUJHL player to win the Stanley Cup. (NBC Sports)

BOSTON -- Add Robert Bortuzzo to the growing list of Thunder Bay NHLers who have their names etched on the Stanley Cup.

Bortuzzo and the St. Louis Blues stunned the host Boston Bruins 4-1 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final, winning the franchise's first championship in its 52-year history.

Bortuzzo was a healthy scratch for the Cup-clincher, but played a pivotal role in their improbable run, scoring a pair of goals in 17 appearances, including one in the final.

The ex-Thunder Bay North Star, who turned 30 in March, became the first former SIJHL player to hoist the coveted trophy.

Bortuzzo captured the city's eighth Stanley Cup since 2006, joining Eric Staal (2006), Jordan Staal (2009), Patrick Sharp (2010, 2013, 2015), and Matt Murray (2016, 2017) in the winner's circle.

Leith Dunick

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A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith has been the editor of Thunder Bay Source for 17 years and has served a similar role with since 2009. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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