If you are a regular reader if this blog, and if not, you should be, you know that I, your humble blogger am one of the biggest Los Angeles Kings fans around.
Tonight is one of the biggest nights in the 44-year history of the franchise as they defeated the Phoenix Coyotes in overtime, 4-3 to win the National Hockey League Western Conference and are in the Stanley Cup finals.
So, why such a big deal?
Think of being a Kings fan on par with being a Chicago Cubs fan. A Cleveland Indians fan.A, well you get the idea. A fan of a team that does not exactly have a history of winning. The last time that the Kings made it, and the only other time, was 1993 when they lost to the storied Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 1.
If you have been following any of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Kings have knocked off the number one team in the conference, the Vancouver Canucks, 4 games to 1. Then dispatched the number two seed in the conference, the St. Louis Blues in a four-game sweep. Now, in defeating the Coyotes, they knocked off number three and 4 games to 1.
Thus the Kings playoff record is an astounding 12-2.
The Eastern Conference team is to be determined as the New Jersey Devils are battling the New York Rangers as to who will play the Kings for the Cup.
I have been a hockey fan since 1977. I just started listening and watching Kings games and I was hooked. Back then, when one went to a Kings game in the old Fabulous Forum, most of the fans were going to see the other team. And back then that was the mighty Canadiens. But as noted, most of the time it was ANY other team.
It was not until the Kings acquired the great Wayne Gretzky that people began to, well, like the Kings! And it was was during Mr. Gretzky's time here that the Kings made the finals.
And since then there have been some rough patches for the Kings. In fact, the Kings barely made it into the playoffs this year and are the eighth seed. That makes this run totally awesome and amazing.
I will have more to say, but end with this;
GO KINGS GO! GO KINGS GO! GO KINGS GO!