Six Steel alumni were included on rosters to begin the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Jamie Oleksiak of the Dallas Stars has advanced to the Stanley Cup Final and we're providing updates as the Stars continue their push to a Stanley Cup victory.
For the second consecutive season, a Chicago Steel Alum will be competing in the Stanley Cup Final. After Mackenzie MacEachern and the St. Louis Blues raised the most famous trophy in all of sports in 2019, Jamie Oleksiak and the Dallas Stars hope to do the same in 2020.
The 6-foot-7, 255-pound blueliner helped his club to a 4-1 series win against the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Final.
Oleksiak potted his team's first goal in Game 3 against Vegas, a 3-2 overtime win.
The Toronto, Ontario, native was held off the scoresheet through Game 4 but logged three hits in his team's 2-1 win.
On the brink of eliminating the Golden Knights, Oleksiak shared the team lead in hits and blocked shots with four apiece in Game 5. The Stars closed the series with a 3-2 overtime victory, advancing to their first Stanley Cup Final since 2000.
Oleksiak has averaged 21:43 of ice time through 21 playoff games since the NHL restart and leads all NHL defensemen in hits with 90 over that stretch. His seven points (4G, 3A) share 14th among blueliners in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Dallas will take on the winner of the Eastern Conference Final between the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning.