Fact No. 1: Derian Hatcher is the only American-born captain to win the Stanley Cup. He led Dallas to its only Cup in 1998-99.
Fact No. 2: Either the New Jersey Devils' Zach Parise or the Los Angeles Kings' Dustin Brown will be the second American-born captain to win the Stanley Cup. Parise and Brown will face off Wednesday night at the Prudential Center in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
The two Americans -- Brown grew up in Ithaca, N.Y., while Parise is from Minneapolis, Minn. -- spent parts of their media availability sessions Tuesday afternoon answering questions about the other and the significance of two American-born captains competing against each other for the Cup.
"It's great for the game in the U.S.," Parise said. "That says a lot for American hockey."
Brown and Parise are not unfamiliar to each other, as both represented the United States on the 2002-03 World Junior team and the 2010 Olympic silver-medal-winning team. Parise also was a member of the 2003-04 gold-med...