Because this time last week, he was winning the Stanley Cup, and because he’s from an unusual corner of the world (at least in terms of producing hockey players), Trevor Lewis is our inaugural Man of the Week!
Born January 8, 1987 (age 25) in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Center/right wing for the Los Angeles Kings
Lewis hails from Utah, home of just two other NHL players (only one other, Richard Bachman, is currently active–he too is from SLC). He was selected 17th overall by the Kings in 2006 when he was coming off a big 75-point, Junior Player of the Year Award season with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL.
Los Angeles put him on an entry-level contract and he played with the Owen Sound Attack for a season to hone his skills before entering the LA system. First he was sent off to the Manchester Monarchs, where he spent most of the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons and was called to California for just about five games each year. During this time, he also played for America at the 2007 World Juniors and got a bronze medal. But for 2010-11, he became a full-time King.
In his first full season in LA, he scored 13 points in 72 games, plus four points in the Kings’ six-game playoff appearance. But this year, while his production dipped slightly during the regular season (to seven points in, again, 72 games), he became a big help during the Kings’ run to the Stanley Cup. He scored three goals and helped out six more times. Plus, he signed a two-year deal in July 2011, so he’ll be in Southern California for at least another year.
Now to wonder if he’s ever seen SLC Punk…