October 24, 2012 |
As Dwight Howard left the Lakers locker room following his debut with the team Sunday evening, he was greeted by a large shiny object. The Stanley Cup. When he approached the trophy, he was tentative. "I just want the one for basketball," Howard said. Howard, who was drafted by the Orlando Magic as the top overall pick in 2004, has never won an NBA championship and reached the NBA Finals only once in his eight seasons with the team. He surely would rather be meeting Larry over Stanley, but after a few seconds of standing next to hockey's championship trophy, the charismatic center warmed to the object.
June 6, 2012 |
A fan outside Staples Center on Monday seemed to capsulize the plight of Kings fans. Above the number on the back of his Kings' jersey, instead of his name, were the words “love” and “hate.” Kings fans have a moment they can simply love. After 45 years, three owners, two lockouts, one bankruptcy and countless promises, the Kings are poised to deliver. With a victory tonight over the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center, the Kings would take home the Stanley Cup for the first time.
January 19, 2013 |
Seconding the Stanley Cup emotion ... Harnessed for more than seven months, Kings fans were able to unleash those feelings Saturday with the raising of the Stanley Cup banner at Staples Center. Hall of Fame announcer Bob Miller was the master of ceremonies and started off the proceedings with the line: “Welcome to Championship Saturday … the day you've been waiting for.” The banner was raised at 12:22 p.m., slowly going up into the rafters with the Kings players on the ice tipping their heads back to watch the slow progression. Involved in the proceedings were former Kings Rogie Vachon and Marcel Dionne, as well as three members of the Greene family from Newtown, Conn., honoring the memory of their daughter Ana Marquez-Greene.
June 5, 2012 |
For many Kings fans, the joy of being one victory away from the team's first Stanley Cup championship is incomplete because they haven't been able to hear the play-by-play call and analysis of announcers Bob Miller and Jim Fox, who were relegated to the sidelines after the first round because of the exclusivity clause in the NHL's television deal with NBC. Club executives have been working on a solution that would respect complicated broadcast-rights issues...
August 20, 2012 |
The Stanley Cup's much-traveled summer vacation continued last week with Kings center Jarret Stoll and General Manager Dean Lombardigetting their turn to act as tour guides. Stoll, who provided an important veteran leadership role for the Kings during their Stanley Cup run, brought the legendary trophy to his childhood hometowns of Yorkton and Neudorf, Saskatchewan. It might have been a little cooler than his trip with Lord Stanley to Hermosa Beach back in June, but it looks like Stoll and his friends and family had a great time celebrating his achievement in the towns he called home as a child.
July 31, 2012 |
Dustin Brown, captain of the NHL champion Los Angeles Kings, took the Stanley Cup on a tour of Ithaca, N.Y., on Sunday, visiting some of his favorite places. Among the stops were Ithaca High, the fire department, a favorite restaurant and a frozen yogurt shop that is run by his brother-in-law. There are a handful of videos on NHL.com, including a private viewing at Brown's house, where his children recognize the Cup as he opens the case but aren't sure what to make of it once Brown brings it into the house.