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Former Sockeye Heinen could hoist Stanley Cup tonight

By Don Fennell

Published 1:44 PDT, Wed June 12, 2019

Last Updated: 3:28 PDT, Tue July 2, 2019

Danton Heinen played an important role in the Richmond Sockeyes’ ascent to the Canadian Junior B hockey championship in 2013. Tonight he could help lift the Boston Bruins to a Stanley Cup.

Danton Heinen played an important role in the Richmond Sockeyes’ ascent to the Canadian Junior B hockey championship in 2013. Tonight he could help lift the Boston Bruins to a Stanley Cup.

Just a few weeks shy of his 24th birthday, Heinen and the Bruins are hosting the St. Louis Blues in a winner-take-all Game 7 showdown at TD Garden. Face-off is 5 p.m. Pacific time.

Drafted by Boston in the fourth round, 116th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the lanky right winger from Langley has two goals and eight points in 15 previous playoff games this season. He had 34 points in 77 regular season games.

A consistently reliable player throughout his junior and NHL career, Heinen made his NHL debut with the Bruins Oct. 13, 2016 versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. He scored his first NHL goal the following night versus the San Jose Sharks.

Heinen played only one season with the Sockeyes, the 2012-13 campaign, when he scored 21 goals and 49 points in 43 games. He added six goals and eight assists in 15 playoff games as a 16 year old. He went on to play for the Surrey Eagles in the B.C. Hockey League where he was team captain, and played two seasons with the University of Denver Pioneers from which he was drafted by the Bruins.

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