A former Kenora Thistle has won the Stanley Cup.

Blaine Forsythe played for the Kenora AAA Midget Thistles in the early 90’s – winning the Manitoba AAA Midget Championship – and has now won the cup as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals.

Forsythe joined the Capitals as a video coach prior to the 2006-2007 season, before taking over the role of assistant coach prior to the 2007-2008 season. He has also worked as an amateur scout for the Capitals. On top of the Stanley Cup win, Forsythe has helped the Capitals win the 2007-2008 Southeast Division championship twice and the Presidents’ Trophy.

Currently, the organization says that Forsythe is responsible for the Capitals’ power play and the team’s centres. The Capitals have ranked in the top-5 in the NHL in power-play percentage in each of the last five seasons.

Prior the joining the Capitals, the Calgary, Alberta, native worked for the Calgary Hitmen for 8 years, serving as both an assistant general manager and an assistant coach. He helped lead Calgary to a WHL championship in 1999.