As I have been saying since the Kings first won it all in 2012, the Kings really should bring the Stanley Cup to their original home here in Long Beach. And since their motto this past championship season was “We Are All Kings,” I’m thinking this might be the summer that Stanley comes to the LBC.
And let’s say the team, in an unprecedented move, tapped me for suggestions on where to bring the Cup. I would be moved to tears. After all, the Stanley Cup is THE most important trophy in the history of professional sports in North America.
So after I get the call from President of Hockey Operations Luc Robitaille, I would immediately call all my friends and set up a date: Oct. 14. Why that day? Because that was the date of the first game in Kings history, played at the Long Beach Arena. Duh.
I may have rolled a tear.
The Stanley Cup has once again been raised in Los Angeles after the Kings tore down the Rangers in five games. And Lord Stanley’s chalice will soon start it’s storied tour around the Southland.
In 2012, it made it to Chavez Ravine and it visited the Coliseum. It’s even found its way to the Fabulous Forum. But there’s one place that the Cup has not been yet, and I’m a little bummed about it.
When the 1967-68 season kicked off, the Forum wasn’t quite finished yet. So the team scrambled to find an alternate venue, so they made their NHL debut at the Long Beach Arena on Saturday, Oct. 14 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
In front of 7,035 people, the Kings found themselves down 2-0 to the Flyers when center scored early in the second round for the club’s first goal, with assists going to Jacques Lemieux and Ted Irvine.
This sparked the team in the third period, when Bob Wall, Gord Labossiere and Kilrea’s second of the game lifted the Long Beach Kings over the fellow expansion team Flyers for their first NHL victory.
No, I haven’t foresaken you. I’m working on new digs for the blog. Please be patient and we’ll be up and running before you know it.
LET’S GO KINGS!!!