October 12, 2012 |
This was to be the night it would hit home that it wasn't a dream, that the Kings really did win the Stanley Cup. It was almost surreal while it unfolded. Their rampage through the playoffs was capped by a crazy celebration on the ice June 11, followed quickly by a parade and glimpses the next few months of the Cup sitting in someone's hayloft, shining at someone else's pool party or taking a boat ride against a distant and exotic backdrop. With fans and players reunited to watch the championship banner rise high above the ice at Staples Center there would have been a happy closure to a remarkable season.
October 1, 2012 |
The Stanley Cup, newly engraved with the names of Kings players, executives and staffers, will be making a few appearances in Southern California this week before continuing its travels and, eventually, finding its way back to the region. On Tuesday the Cup will visit six local rinks, where fans who have won special raffles will have their pictures taken with the trophy. Proceeds from those raffles will go to help youth hockey programs at the Ontario Ice Skating Center, L.A. Kings Icetown in Riverside, KHS Ice Arena in Anaheim, Aliso Viejo Ice Palace, Glacial Gardens in Lakewood and Ice Chalet Palos Verdes.
September 21, 2012 |
NORBERTVILLE, Canada - Madeleine Robitaille could have requested anything from her Hockey Hall of Fame son Luc and he would have moved mountains to give it to her, but that isn't her way. She and her husband, Claude, worked hard for all they had as they raised three kids in Montreal, Madeleine unfailingly elegant from her well-coiffed head to her stylish feet. "We always joke that everything she wears matches," said Luc, the Kings' president of business operations and dutiful son who calls his parents at least three times a week.
July 24, 2012 |
What happens when a team that plays in Hollywood's backyard wins the first Stanley Cup in franchise history? They get their own movie premiere, of course. On Monday night, the premiere of the Kings' official Stanley Cup DVD took place at Regal Cinemas in L.A. Live. It was a full red carpet affair, with several Kings in attendance, including Matt Greene and Jarret Stoll. And although the movie probably won't surpass "The Dark Knight Rises" at the box office, it will please and thrill Kings fans who have been waiting a long time for something like this.
June 26, 2012 |
Just when it seems the Kings finally have everything - the Stanley Cup, the love of a city, the respect of a league - it turns out something is still missing. It's three inches in diameter, weighs about six ounces, and is absolutely huge. The Kings may have discovered their championship soul, but they still can't find their championship puck. Two weeks after winning their first Stanley Cup in the franchise's 45-year history, the Kings don't know the whereabouts of the puck that was on the ice when the final game ended.
June 14, 2012 |
Thursday's celebration rally just might have been the first time the Kings were able to sit back and let the Stanley Cup championship sink in. In front of 18,000 fans at Staples Center, captain Dustin Brown said it was difficult to describe the feeling. "It's a pretty special moment," the forward said. PHOTOS: Kings Stanley Cup parade Forward Anze Kopitar echoed Brown's sentiments. "It's been quite a journey here these last six years," he said. "They weren't all smooth-sailing, but the last couple months, we made it pretty special.
June 14, 2012 |
Continuing our countdown of the 10 greatest L.A. Kings of all time, as chosen by Times readers. No. 3: Luc Robitialle (186 first-place votes, 10,054 points) Luc Robitaille joined the Kings in 1986 and won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's best first-year player after scoring 45 goals to go with 39 assists. Robitaille scored more than 40 goals in each of his first eight seasons, including three 50-plus seasons, and a career high of 63 in 1992-93, a season he was named team captain in place of injured superstar Wayne Gretzky.
June 14, 2012 |
Kings fans took over Figueroa Street in droves Thursday as the team officially celebrated its Stanley Cup championship with a parade and rally. This time, it was Kings purple, not Lakers purple, that lined the streets. "It's a lot of people out there," forward Anze Kopitar said after the parade. "It was amazing. "If you're outside, you found out that this is definitely turning into a hockey town, and we're going to keep it that way. " PHOTOS: Kings Stanley Cup parade Forward Dustin Penner said it was "extremely loud" and that he heard plenty of horns during the parade.
June 13, 2012 |
Finally, the Kings have something bigger to celebrate than their 1982 Miracle on Manchester playoff comeback. A lot more to boast about than winning the Smythe Division title in 1991 and the Campbell Conference championship in 1993. Over the last two months they created enough splendid playoff memories to forget about collapses and chaos and illegally curved sticks and shifting blame for everything that went wrong every year no matter how much optimism they carried into any given season.
June 12, 2012
In a town better known for beaches and basketball courts than ice rinks, suddenly a hockey team has captivated all. Four and a half decades after arriving in Los Angeles as an expansion team and having to scramble to find a puck for their first practice, the Kings have won the National Hockey League championship and adorned the land of golden Oscar statuettes with a silver trophy -- the Stanley Cup. The city and its sports franchises have gone...