Former UAF skater Colton Parayko, Blues win Stanley Cup


Nona Letuligasenoa at UAF Sports Information:

BOSTON – On Wednesday, Colton Parayko became the third former Alaska Nanooks hockey player to win the Stanley Cup when the St. Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-1, in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden.

Parayko, who registered a game-high time-on-ice of 27:37 in the series-clinching victory, is the first former Nook to hoist the Cup since Jordan Hendry in 2010 with the Chicago Blackhawks. Prior to Hendry, former Alaska blueliner Shawn Chambers is a two-time Stanley Cup winner, earning the Cup in 1995 with the New Jersey Devils before giving the Dallas Stars their first franchise Cup in 1999.

Of the three former Alaska Nanooks to win the Stanley Cup, all are defensemen.

Throughout the 2018-19 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Parayko appeared in 26 games, earning two goals and 10 assists for 12 points. The St. Albert, Alberta native also tallied 59 shots on goal and three power play points.

Parayko played for the Nanooks from 2012-2014, departing the program following the conclusion of his junior season. Throughout his three years with the Nooks, Parayko appeared in 104 games, registering 17 goals and 49 assists for 66 points. Parayko was a two-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association First Team selection, two-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Year honoree and a two-time Second Team All-American.

Parayko completed his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UAF at the conclusion of his rookie season in the National Hockey League in the spring of 2016.

Parayko will be running his second annual Parayko Hockey Camp at the Patty Ice Arena in Fairbanks July 9-12. The four-day camp will feature four, one-hour long ice sessions for three different age groups. Along with Parayko, several former Alaska Nanooks hockey alumni and other NCAA Division I ice hockey players will round-out the camp instructors.