Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/19/12 at 01:56 PM ET
from Mark Pargas of the New York Times,
The Los Angeles Kings are on a bit of a roll in the Stanley Cup playoffs. But around New York, they cannot seem to rouse contempt for themselves or fans like me. And that is really what all fans want for their teams. You cannot turn around in any city in the United States without running into a Detroit Red Wings fan. They are all over the place, and the world is a little less peaceful for that reason, God bless them.
The Red Wings, who have an extensive alumni group of top players and have maintained their colors and team crest unchanged, have won 11 championships.
The Kings, on the other hand, have adopted a number of identities since their inaugural season in 1967-68. They have made one appearance in the Stanley Cup finals, in 1993, with Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Dave Taylor, Kelly Hrudey, Luc Robitaille and Rob Blake. That did not end well.
Since then, the Kings have not been consistent winners or thorns in the side of another team. But the current players, with their swarming forecheck and the level of excitement they take to the rink, are beginning to turn heads the way the stars in the stands at Staples Center do.
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