Cup engraver would ignore all Black Aces

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:00 PM ET

 Who gets their name on the Stanley Cup?

 It's a question that's been oft-asked of the Calgary Flames during their improbable playoff run.

  But not every player on the roster of a Cup-winning team gets his name engraved on the NHL's championship trophy.

 To be eligible, a player has to have played one game in the final series or at least half the 82-game regular season.

 That means those Flames sidelined by injury for the entire playoffs -- forwards Dean McAmmond and Steven Reinprecht -- would get their just reward for contributing to the team's success this season.

 Reinprecht played in 44 regular-season games, making him eligible by just a handful of games.

 At the other end of eligibility, since he played in just 26 regular-season games, defenceman Steve Montador makes the cut only with his participation in this final series.

 For the record, all the Flames regulars are eligible.

 Only four current players -- goaltender Brent Krahn, defenceman Brennan Evans and wingers Lynn Loyns and Martin Sonnenberg -- would have their names left off the Cup.

 Yet, it's not something that sours the team's part-time players.

 "Not at all," said Evans, a 22-year-old Camrose product who dressed for two games in Round 2 against the Detroit Red Wings.

 "It'd be nice but that goes to the guys who really earned it and guys who have been here all year. I've only been here for two months and tried to chip in where I could but there are guys who have been here for a long time and they really deserve it."

 Besides, just being part of the Stanley Cup experience is remarkable.

 "I don't think there's anything that can compare to this as a hockey player," Evans said.

 Added Sonnenberg: "This is a chance to go to the finals and win a Stanley Cup and be a part of a team in the Stanley Cup. It's a dream come true."


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