My Favorite Time Of Year

Anyone that knows me will know one thing in particular: Ice hockey and the LA Kings are a big deal to me. I’ve been a hockey fan for over 25 years and it all began when I went to my first hockey game in Los Angeles back in 1985. The LA Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks in an exciting overtime game and I’ve been hooked ever since.

The long and short of it is that I think hockey is the greatest sport I’ve ever watched. It’s not only the fastest game on the planet, but it also has arguably some of the best athletes around. I’ll watch a hockey game over any other sport without hesitation. Give me a minor league exhibition game over the Super Bowl any day of the week.

I had season tickets in Los Angeles when they played at the Great Western Forum for nearly a decade before I moved to Northern California due to a job relocation. Everyone said I’d be a Sharks fan within a year or two, but at just a little over 20 years now I’m still a diehard Kings fan. I don’t get to attend many of their games, but I’m always checking the scores for every game they play.

Some of my favorite memories of going to the Kings’ games include watching Wayne Gretzky do what he did best, watching a left winger by the name of Luc Robitaille, who was drafted 171st overall in 1984, turn into the highest scoring left winger of all-time in the NHL, watching a pigeon-toed skater by the name of Bernie Nicholls become one of only 8 players in NHL history that have ever scored 70 goals in a season, among many other great times.

My fondest memory is attending the Stanley Cup Finals back in 1993 when the Kings lost to the Montreal Canadiens in five games. Two of those games were held in LA and it was the most exciting atmosphere at a hockey game I’ve ever witnessed. The Kings weren’t supposed to be in the Finals and losing to Montreal was disappointing, but expected.

The Kings as a franchise haven’t won much in the way of Division titles, or Conference titles so it’s been a bit frustrating as a fan, but it’s never caused me to waiver in how I feel about the team. Players and coaches have changed over the years, but as long as the Kings are in existence I will follow them. I may not make a lot of noise about the team with a bunch of hooting and hollering, or get too involved in learning everything there is to know about each name on the back of the jerseys. For me it’s all about the logo on the front.

It’s been 19 years since the Kings were in the Stanley Cup Finals, and guess what folks? They’re back!! They didn’t do much of anything during the regular season and they snuck into the playoffs as the lowest seed, but they dominated the first 3 rounds and haven’t slowed down winning all 9 of the games they’ve played on the road so far. They won game one of the Finals and need to win 3 more to finally bring the Stanley Cup to a team that has been around for the same amount of years as I’ve been alive. That’s a lot longer than Kings’ fans would have preferred, but hopefully this is the year.

I’m really excited about the possibility of the Kings winning the Stanley Cup, but I still remain cautious in getting too excited. Funny things can and do happen, but my gut is telling me that something special is going to happen in the next week or two. If and when they do win the Stanley Cup there is going to be one extremely happy person in Northern California. I can’t wait!

Here are a couple of videos that I thought were pretty cool. The second one is from the second round of the playoffs when the Kings swept the Blues in 4 games.

One Comment

  1. Mike
    Jun 03, 2012

    Kings take game 2 in OT! 2 down, 2 to go!

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