The Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Stanley Cup with a 3-1 victory over San Jose Sunday night and it was a Maine native, 24-year-old defenseman Brian Dumoulin from Biddeford, who scored the first goal for the Penguins.

Dumoulin, who led Biddeford High School to state Class A titles in 2007 and 2008, will be the first Maine native to have his name on the Stanley Cup.

He scored two goals and had six assists in 24 playoff games, which was second best among Penguins defensemen to Kris Letang (3 & 12).

Letang scored Sunday’s game-winner as the Penguins captured the best-of-seven series four games to two.

Dumoulin averaged 21:31 of ice time during the playoffs and played in all situations. His Sunday goal came on the power play.

This was his first full season in the NHL. He played six games for the Penguins in 2013-14 and eight for them last season. He spent most of the previous three seasons playing for their American Hockey League affiliate: the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

He played 188 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Dumoulin had 16 assists in 79 regular season games for the Penguins this season.

Dumoulin told Pittsburgh TV station WPXI Sunday night that it was “just cool to share that experience” of playing in the Stanley Cup with fans who followed his career in Maine.

“I’m proud to be from Maine and it’s a cool feeling,” he said.

Two former University of Maine players, winger Dustin Penner and goalie Scott Darling, have been on three Stanley Cup-winning teams but Penner is from Winkler, Manitoba, and Darling is a native of Lemont, Illinois.

Penner won Cups with the Anaheim Ducks in 2006-07 and the Los Angeles Kings in 2011-12 while Darling, a goalie, captured one last year with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Former UMaine All-American defenseman Eric Weinrich, who was born in Virginia but raised in Gardiner, reached the Western Conference finals with the Blackhawks in 1994-95 but they lost to Detroit in five games in their best-of-seven series.

“Even if I would have won the Stanley Cup, he is the first Maine native,” said Weinrich, who works in the player development department for the New Jersey Devils. “He has that claim to fame.”

Weinrich watched the playoffs and said Dumoulin “was a huge part of their march to the Cup.”

“He was outstanding. He played with the poise of a real veteran player. He really emerged as the playoffs went along. He and Letang were their top two defensemen,” said Weinrich, who primarily works with the Devils’ AHL defensemen in Albany as well as their ECHL defensemen.

Weinrich was particularly impressed with Dumoulin’s poise.

“A lot of guys just try to get the puck out of the [defensive] zone. He always looked to make a play. He never looked under pressure. He thought one step ahead. It was really impressive to watch,” Weinrich said.

Weinrich has had a chance to watch the 6-foot-4, 207-pound Dumoulin in the AHL and said his improvement over the past couple of years has been “tremendous.

“I heard from people who coached him that he was a tremendous kid and deserves everything he is getting,” added Weinrich, who played in 1,157 NHL regular season games and 81 playoff games. “He paid his dues in the minors and has become an outstanding pro.”

Jamie Gagnon, Dumoulin’s coach for three years at Biddeford, said he knew Dumoulin was “special” early in his career.

“He was a smooth skater, he had tremendous hands and he had above-average hockey intelligence. He was one of the best puck distributors I’ve ever seen at the high school level,” said Gagnon who added that Dumoulin also had a lot of intangibles that have played important roles in his success.

“He had an eagerness to learn. He would spend an hour with me and our coaching staff after practice trying to learn more about the game and discussing different scenarios,” he added. “He has continued to put the work in and has done so with such humility that it’s very easy to root for him.”

Gary Stevens, the athletic director at Thornton Academy in neighboring Saco, called Dumoulin the “best high school player I’ve ever seen.

“He was dominant. He was a man among boys,” Stevens said. “Whenever they needed a goal, he willed it to happen.”

Dumoulin finished playing for Biddeford High after his junior year and went to play for the Eastern Junior Hockey League’s New Hampshire Junior Monarchs his senior year. He was chosen the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.

He went on to play at Boston College, where he was a two-time All-American and led the Eagles to NCAA championships in 2010 and 2012. He had 11 goals and 72 assists in 123 games before turning pro after his junior year.

The Penguins tied an NHL record for most U.S. college players on their roster (13) and set the record for most to have played in the final (11). Ten of the 13 players played at least three seasons of college hockey including Dumoulin.

“Brian is a great kid and a special player,” said Boston College assistant coach Greg Brown, who coaches the defensemen. “He has a great feel for the game. He’s a quick learner. He understands concepts and he will apply them almost immediately.

“Nobody here is shocked at how well he has done,” said Brown, a former NHL defenseman.

“He has a very high hockey IQ,” said BC head coach Jerry York. “He understands the game and got better every year.”

“He has been a winner at every level,” Stevens said. “That’s pretty impressive.”