The Notre Dame hockey program has a chance to see another alum hoist the Stanley Cup.
Jake Evans advanced to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final with the Montreal Canadiens, who will play the reigning Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
Evans, a forward, hasn’t played since June 2, when he sustained a concussion after a hit by Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele. The hit came just as Evans scored into an empty net for his first point in four Stanley Cup Playoffs games in Game 1 of the second round. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety suspended Scheifele four games for the hit.
Evans skated in Joel Armia’s spot on the fourth line with Eric Staal and Corey Perry at Montreal’s practice Sunday. Armia is in NHL COVID-19 protocol, and did not travel with the Canadiens to Tampa for the start of the Cup Final.
Evans scored 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 47 regular-season games for Montreal in his first full NHL season. He played with the Laval Rocket of the AHL during the 2018-19 season then split time between Laval and Montreal the next season. Montreal selected him in the seventh round (No. 207 overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Evans was one of six former Irish players to make the playoffs and is the only one remaining.
The former Notre Dame captain scored 138 points (41 goals, 97 assists) in 158 games during his NCAA career with the Irish from 2014-18.