PITTSBURGH — Former Pittsburgh Penguins winger Chris Kunitz reflected fondly on the Penguins 2009 Stanley Cup championship Sunday. Kunitz will be a part of the 10th anniversary celebration Sunday night before the Penguins host the Chicago Blackhawks.
Kunitz, 39, signed a one-year free agent tender with Chicago last summer. With Chicago, he has two assists in 23 games this season. Kunitz was acquired by the Penguins at the 2009 trade deadline from the Anaheim Ducks and he became one of the driving forces of the Penguins quest to dethrone the Detroit Red Wings, who beat the Penguins in the 2008 Stanley Cup Final.
Kunitz has played more than half of his career games with the Penguins. In 554 career games with the Penguins, Kunitz scored 388 points (169g, 219a). He was also a three-time All-Star (2012, 2013, 2014. In 2013-14, Kunitz set career highs with 35 goals and 68 points, mostly playing beside Sidney Crosby.
Kunitz also won the Stanley Cup with the 2016 and 2017 Penguins, in addition to the 2007 Anaheim Ducks. His gritty leadership made him a team leader in Pittsburgh, too.