They’re here! Behold, the new Kings pumpkin stencils!

toffolitattooInexplicably, one of the most popular posts on this blog over the seasons have been the Kings pumpkin stencils. Not all the analysis, not the videos or podcasts. The freakin’ stencils.

Everyone seems to be clamoring to carve up their Kings pride for Halloween. And why not? We don’t have any change of seasons here in sunny SoCal.  Something that I started doing as a lark has turned into something bigger than me.

Over the summer, I came across an image I never thought I’d see: one of my stencils on a human body. Yes, that’s Tyler Toffoli’s dad above, Rob Toffoli, who used a version of the Kings 2012 Cup stencil and updated it to reflect this year’s win. Seriously, how cool is that?
1780643_910289395665033_76001191813327848_nWell, the popularity has been noticed by the Kings. I was sent a photo of an “official” Kings pumpkin carving kit that is currently available at Team LA. Complete with six stencils, a scooper and a pumpkin knife, Kings fans are now being asked to fork over 7-10 bucks for something I’ve been giving away for free.

Another thing, those stencils suck. Extra credit goes out to the league for trying to capitalize on the popularity of Halloween. But really, those stencils are lacking that certain something. That something is here.

So, not to be outdone by some generic hockey clipart stencils from the league, I’m starting off this year’s Halloween with something old and something new. The “old” is the original, old school Kings crown.

2010 NHL Awards ShowClick here for the Old School Kings Crown

The “new” is this year’s Stanley Cup stencil for the Kings, made popular by Rob Toffoli! Get carving, peeps!

2010 NHL Awards ShowClick here for the 2014 Cup stencil. You can also click here for the 2012 version.

When you do carve up your pumpkin, fire me an image of your gourd that I can add to the gallery.

But that’s not all. This post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include all the other stencils!
2010 NHL Awards ShowClick here for the Bailey stencil

CrestPumpkinClick here for the current Kings Home Plate stencil.

BURGERKINGPUMPKINClick here for the infamous Burger King stencil.

2010 NHL Awards ShowClick here for the Kings Chevy emblem stencil. Maybe avoid doing all those horizontal lines…

2010 NHL Awards ShowClick here for the Kings Crown stencil.

And if you want to download some player stencils (with a couple to be added this season) head over here.

Wanna pay me back? Since I don’t own ANY of these logos, I certainly can’t ask for payment of those. BUT… you could head over to TripleCrownLine.com and find something to wear.

Weekend Returns: The Kings are the Guardians of the Cup once more

 

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HWOODRANK1Hey everyone, welcome back! It has been quite a summer for Kings fans. We witnessed the Los Angeles Kings raise Lord Stanley’s chalice once again.

On the other hand, we witnessed a rag-tag, loveable bunch of scamps save the universe in theaters this summer, thanks to the geniuses over at Marvel, as Guardians Of The Galaxy took the top spot at the box office this summer.

The Summer of Stanley II seemed a little abridged. Then again, we’re getting a full season of being referred to as the DEFENDING STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS, and not that crappy abridged season that saw the Blackhawks sneak past us.

And even though the Kings have quieted many naysayers, it still seems that there are still a few in the media who are still not convinced of the Kings’ dominance heading into this season. Not only are we the defending champions, we are damn near returning the entire freaking team to the ice on Opening Night.

As I do, I’ve compiled a list of some national sports outlets’ NHL preseason rankings and to my surprise, there were a few writers who rank the Kings far too low. Lemme show you what I mean.

ESPN.com‘s Scott Burnside’s Week 0 rating: 1.

The champs are the champs until someone tells us different. We know the Kings sometimes don’t show their colors until late in the regular season, but we still like them to challenge Anaheim atop the Pacific from the get-go.

FanSided‘s Patrick Schmidt’s Week 0 rating: 1.

The defending champions and winners of two of the last three Stanley Cups occupy the top spot in the conference and the No. 1 overall spot for the entire NHL. Los Angeles returns everyone from last year’s team with the exception of Willie Mitchell, but the re-signing of Marian Gaborik was vital toward the Kings maintaining their status as the team to beat in the West. He and Anze Kopitar were an unstoppable pair in the postseason. Jonathan Quick is as good as any goalie in the league when he’s at the top of his game. If Jonathan Quick can stay healthy all season long and Drew Doughty plays like he did in the postseason for 82 games in the regular season, the Kings will be tough to beat.

TSN‘s Scott Cullen’s Week 0 rating: 2.

They were good enough to win the Cup with virtually the same roster last season, so the group that opens this year comes with the challenge of defending the crown, but there is perhaps reason for more optimism, as having young forwards Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli on hand right from the start could increase the Kings’ offensive production.

Sports Illustrated‘s Allan Muir’s Week 0 rating: 2.

(Ed. note: SI’s still using the old Crown logo) The Kings are best positioned to thwart the Blackhawks. Like Chicago, L.A. has had a wealth of success and roster stability. GM Dean Lombardi re-signed trade-deadline pickup Marian Gaborik in June. He and linemate Anze Kopitar will boost the Kings’ regular-season scoring, which ranked 26th last year. (It’s the one area where the team is clearly inferior to the Blackhawks.) A premier defense, led by Drew Doughty, and solid goaltending from Jonathan Quick will keep Los Angeles in the hunt for a second straight Cup.

The Bleacher Report‘s Jonathan Willis’ Week 0 rating: 1.

By the Numbers: Over 45 games with Los Angeles, including the postseason, Marian Gaborik scored 19 times, for an 82-game pace of 35 goals. That may be a touch high, as his shooting percentage over that span is a little better than his career average, but even adjusting for that, he should be capable of scoring 30 if he stays healthy. That will be a big boost for the Kings, who have struggled to score in recent years.

NHL.com‘s Corey Masisak Week 0 rating: 2.

Maybe the Kings, emboldened by their second championship in three seasons and reinforced up front by full seasons for Marian Gaborik, Tyler Toffoli, Tanner Pearson and Jeff Carter at center, finally can win a division title. Maybe not, because coach Darryl Sutter’s suffocating style of play is difficult to master for six months of the regular-season grind. Do expect an improvement for Los Angeles, because a team with all of this talent likely won’t shoot so poorly for three-quarters of a season again. Don’t be surprised if Round 3 with the Blackhawks becomes a reality in May.

USA Today‘s Week 0 rating: 3.  (Ed. note: Really? Hawks and Ducks ranked 1 and 2!)

Give GM Dean Lombardi credit for keeping the core together, particularly his seven-year deal with Marian Gaborik.

Go home, USA Today, you’re drunk.

So here’s where I put my advanced journalist math skills and figure out the official Hockeywood Power Ranking, which happens to be

1.7

I promise to have a post explaining what has happened to me personally this summer. I know that being out of the people’s minds for a while tends to cause some to forget. I’m still here and anxious to get the season started.

My day with the Stanley Cup? Long Beach, Naturally.

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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.

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It’s time! Bring the Stanley Cup to Long Beach!

Minnesota North Stars goalie Gary Baumann sprawls awkwardly on ice at Long Beach Arena after narrowly deflecting goal attempt (arrow to puck) by Los Angeles Kings last night. Kings clicked five other times against Baumann, however, for 5-3 victory--their second in as many NHL outings on the West Coast. Photo dated: October 16, 1967.  (Milton Martinez, Herald Examiner)

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.

Brian KilreaIn 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.

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