My Top 5 | Bryan Rust

NHLPA.com caught up with the right-winger to chat about what he’s most grateful for, including what those hockey memories have taught him.

Bryan Rust has two Stanley Cups to his name, a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships (Team USA) and a 2013 CCHA Tournament crown with the University of Notre Dame.

But it’s not just an impressive hockey life that the Michigan native is thankful for. NHLPA.com caught up with the right-winger to chat about what he’s most grateful for, including those who show their support for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Bryan Rust's list of Gratitude


1. Family

“Family is No. 1. Without their support, it would be hard to get anything done. My family has been there for me every step of the way. How can you not thank the people who were always driving you to practice and encouraging you? My older brother (Matt) was my role model. He still is. He works so hard and I wanted to be just like him when I was growing up. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

2. Hockey

“I’m definitely very grateful to get the chance to play the game I love on the biggest stage. I never take any of it for granted. I feel grateful every day.”

3. Lord Stanley

“I’m very grateful that I’ve won two Stanley Cups, especially fairly early on in my career. Not many people get to say they’ve won it, much less, twice. I attribute that to the guys I play with. Everything just kind of came together at the right time.”

4. Fans

“I’m very grateful for the fans, especially being in a city like Pittsburgh, where we have great ones. They show their support no matter where we go. Any time you get to meet the fans or give back in some way is something I’m happy to do.”

5. Helping hands

“I think I’m grateful not only for my collegiate experience, but all my hockey experiences growing up. Whether it was the National Development Team, playing for Honeybaked or for Notre Dame, each one of those places had coaches that helped me understand important things about the game and life. Those are things I still try to think about to this day, and I try to use them both as a person and a hockey player.”