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Manhattan Beach Is Kingstown

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

It is hours after the opening game of the Stanley Cup and the chatter inside Noah’s Bagels on Thursday morning is all about how strong the Los Angeles Kings looked in the third period and how exciting Justin Williams’s winner in overtime was. Signs of support can be found in storefronts all along Manhattan Beach Blvd. and other neighbouring streets.

One at the Pitfire Artisan Pizza invites customers to come in for the game … and there’s no confusion over what game they’re referring to.

Yes, this is becoming a Kings town now — far more than it was even two years ago during the run to the franchise’s first championship. The support is particularly strong in Manhattan Beach, a 30-minute drive from the Staples Center if you’re blessed with good traffic, in part because so many members of the organization make their homes here.

Numerous players, both past and present, are among the 35,000 lucky souls that occupy this suburb of Los Angeles. As are general manager Dean Lombardi and head coach Darryl Sutter.

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Red Winger's avatar

This Final could be one of those watershed moments for the sport of hockey and the NHL. When even those who could have cared less a few years ago are now taking notice it can’t be seen as anything but a positive. And as those of us who have loved the game for a long time know, just bring a person to a hockey game and you’ve created a fan. Exposing them to the game if only on TV for now is a very good start.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 06/06/14 at 11:58 AM ET

pautna's avatar

And as those of us who have loved the game for a long time know, just bring a person to a hockey game and you’ve created a fan. Exposing them to the game if only on TV for now is a very good start.

I concur!! Case in point, my brother who was not a sports fan at all, got caught up in the LA 2012 run while staying with me at the time and now he’s a die hard Kings fan. Best sport in the world.

Also, I get the feeling that Chris Johnston wasn’t really around two years ago, because a large portion of the city and surrounding area were pretty pumped up for that run.

Posted by pautna on 06/06/14 at 12:10 PM ET

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