Los Angeles Kings Win First Stanley Cup In Franchise History
Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, Rob Blake, Marty McSorley; just a few names in a long list of hockey greats that have played for the Los Angeles Kings since their foundation in 1967. With that all-star line up in the archives of basically every Kings record in the books, you’d think the franchise would have a sea of Stanley Cup banners hanging from the rafters of the Staples Center. If you were to ask any Kings fan, they’d tell you the same; it was about time to bring the Stanley Cup to Los Angeles. Kings fans were finally rewarded for their patience this season as their team secured the most coveted prize in all of hockey. Beating the New Jersey Devils in six games, the Los Angeles Kings became the 2011-2012 Stanley Cup Champions.
Entering the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the eighth seed in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Kings were up against some stiff competition and were a long shot to compete all the way to the final round. The Kings proved all of their critics wrong, going 16-4 through four rounds of the NHL Playoffs, ultimately hoisting the Stanley Cup on their home ice at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. It was a party 45 years in the making and Kings nation could do nothing but savor the taste of victory.
Bob Miller, former Kings player and legendary team announcer has been with the organization for over 39 years. He, along with millions of others, has waited for this championship for decades. While NBC owned the rights to the television broadcast, Miller got the chance to echo Kings fan’s sentiments on a radio broadcast.
“This is for you, all the players who have ever worn the Kings uniform and Kings fans wherever you may be,” Miller said. “All the frustration and disappointment of the past are gone. The 45-year drought is over. The Los Angeles Kings are indeed the kings of the National Hockey League, the 2012 Stanley Cup champions.”
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