The season has barely been over since June 15th when the Chicago Blackhawks stopped the Tampa Bay Lightning in a Game 6 WIN at home in Chicago but all the while the rest of the NHL has been planning their own next moves to get their respective teams to a Stanley Cup as well. Just over 2 Weeks later & we have the Kings getting a powerful Milan Lucic to an already strong lineup. Let’s not forget Phil Kessel got dumped by the Leafs to his delight. Kessel is now a Pittsburgh Penguin which is a shot in the arm to the fan base. Young talent T.J. Oshie is going to the Washington Capitals who made strides in their own quest for the Cup this past season. Looks like these 3 teams are gearing up for another incredible year of NHL hockey.
Tonight the NHL hockey season begins! The L.A. Kings get to defend their title starting against the San Jose Sharks at home tonight. It should be a great night of hockey between the 4 scheduled games. Of course most of America will be doing other things tonight since there are no baseball playoffs or NFL games tonight but here in L.A., I’m pretty certain the Staples Center will be packed in and around. Pretty cool considering most of my years of living here it’s all about the Lakers but lately things have been changing. I think it’s a good thing too. In fact it’s great for Hockey to have what typically just doesn’t seem to go together,L.A., sunshine,beaches and hockey? Personally it would be even greater if the Kings would win again. Last time it has happened was 1997/1998 Detroit Red Wings, who have won twice since then. This would give L.A. 3 in 4 years but more importantly it would ramp up the competition even more around the league. Not to mention you retain, grow and cement a REAL hockey presence in L.A. and So.Cal in general. I myself am not some big time King fan, I grew up as a Penguin fan in Pittsburgh where I essentially learned about Hockey. When the Penguins won in 1991/1992 it really stamped Hockey in Pittsburgh as a leading sport. Good thing it did too because quite honestly that city needed it when the Pirates when into a 21 Year slump!!
Beside the Kings, who is your favorite? Who is your prediction to win it all or just make it to the playoffs? I don’t know the trades that occurred, I don’t know much about most of the players out there but I appreciate the sport. So let it be an incredible or at the least very fun Hockey night!!
Wow what a game! I almost watched the entire game but I had to go to the Post Office before I got home. LA Hockey is brighter than ever and I see the community growing here. I live in the Valley which like most of LA in general has a large Latino population and with that being said Soccer is HUUGE out here! Recently I’ve seen kids in the neighborhood playing street hockey in parking lots around the corner. Growing up myself in Pittsburgh it’s pretty normal to see that but in LA? It just doesn’t go together Hockey n Palm Trees is the visual thought but I think it’s awesome to see a sport get embraced by a whole new demographic or city in general. Winning breeds popularity! Even in Pittsburgh before the Penguins won in 1991 it was the 3rd popular team/sport but after winning 2 in a row and being a constant threat as long as Lemieux was healthy they became the 2nd favorite to the Steelers and pretty much are til this day.
Back to this win for the Kings though, I’ve never seen so many shots on goal and constant control of the puck pushing it into a double overtime! Kudo’s to the Rangers and mainly Lundquist, they really held on as long as possible but you could feel how bad the Kings wanted to win and win they did!
Click here for LA TIMES Coverage – LA KINGS WIN THE CUP!!!
Here is some of the latest post from around the league. What a run of playoff series thus far! Canada’s only team that made it into the playoff’s are still hanging on but struggling against the NY Rangers. Will they win on the road in NY tonight? Then in the west you have the LA Kings fighting hard against the reigning champion Blackhawks.
Having a hockey game at Dodger Stadium in L.A. just sounds strange but it is possible and gonna be reality this coming weekend. Apparently there will be alot of sideshows to go along with it to make it a really fun event and hopefully will send some warmth via TV to colder regions. I can only imagine the celebrities who will show up.