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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.

LA Kings Chevy logo stencilClick here for the Kings Chevy emblem stencil. Maybe avoid doing all those horizontal lines…

LA Kings crown stencilClick 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.

L.A. Kings Stanley Cup pumpkin stencil!

PhotobucketHey, didn’t you used to blog about the Kings? Yeah, I did. But then the league decided to lock out the players and leave us without the sport we love.

So, I stopped out of principle. Which has been hard, because I really miss the NHL and I’m mad that I cannot hear the Kings being referred to as the reigning Stanley Cup champions.

Speaking of the Stanley Cup, I decided to post a new pumpkin stencil for this, our supposed championship lap around the league. And what better one to do than a special L.A. Kings edition Stanley Cup stencil.

CARVING HINT #1: I suggest starting in the middle of the design and work your way out. So, poke out the number 2012, the “L.A.”, the bars in the Cup and the little doo-hickeys at the top.

CARVING HINT #2: Leave the pumpkin pieces in place until you are ready to punch them all out.

CARVING HINT #3: Don’t be afraid to deviate from the pattern. Sometimes, you might have to call an audible in case you risk a pumpkin design cave-in.

Here’s links to all the stencils that I’ve created for fans to download for free and carve. Once you’ve finished it, send me a pic so I can add it to our already impressive gallery of pumpkins.

Click here for the Kings 2012 Stanley Cup stencil.

Click here for the Kings Emblem stencil.

• Click here for the Kings Crown stencil.

• Click here for the Kings Chevy emblem stencil.

• Click here for the Bailey stencil.

Latest Kings pumpkin stencil: LA Kings Emblem

PhotobucketThe latest Hockeywood pumpkin stencil another popular request: the Kings’ Emblem logo from the Gretzky era.

Lovingly referred to as the Chevy logo, this incarnation was presented when Gretzky had his press conference to be introduced to the L.A. media. The tilted letters reminds some of the lettering used by the Lakers, which it should. It was the same lettering used when Jack Kent Cooke owned both franchises.

The logo itself was an update of the logo this Kings had from 1976-88. Other than the color change, the border was extended to include the text. The thing that always struck me as odd was the decision to use motion lines, as if to imply the team was fast. Which they weren’t.

Now that the team was the italicized Kings on their helmets which I liked a lot more than the actual Home Plate logo. Which, by the way, hasn’t found it’s way onto the homepage of NHL.com yet. (They still use the Kings crown.)

Here’s links to all the stencils that I’ve created for fans to download for free and carve. Once you’ve finished it, send me a pic so I can add it to our already impressive gallery of pumpkins.

CARVING HINT:
I suggest starting in the middle of the design and work your way out.

Click here for the Kings 2012 Stanley Cup stencil.

Click here for the Kings Emblem stencil.

Click here for the Kings Crown stencil.

Click here for the Kings Chevy emblem stencil.

Click here for the Bailey stencil.

For you talented carvers, click here for the Kings player stencils. One player is being designed right now and should go up this weekend. Stay tuned.

Latest Kings pumpkin stencil: The Burger King Stencil

Burger King PumpkinThe latest Hockeywood pumpkin stencil has risen from the grave. Yup, the Burger King is back.

Now, before you start with me… allow me to explain. Why bring the Burger King logo out of mothballs? After all, the Kings only wore the jersey eight times back in 1996. Is it really worth the effort to carve into a gourd?

Absolutely. Can you honestly imagine anything scarier? Check out the beady eyes. The clenched teeth. The oddly angular beard that reminds me of the evil Spock on the Star Trek TV show.

If you want to learn more about mad scientist Dan Simon who engineered the creation of the infamous logo, check out The Royal Half’s stellar write-up.

Here’s links to all four Kings logos that I’ve designed. Once you’ve finished it, send me a pic so I can add it to our already impressive gallery of pumpkins.

Click here for the Kings 2012 Stanley Cup stencil.

Click here for the Kings Emblem stencil.

Click here for the Kings Crown stencil.

Click here for the Kings Chevy emblem stencil.

Click here for the Bailey stencil.

Click here for the Kings player stencils.

The return of the Pumpkin Kings!

It’s been two years since I unveiled my Kings pumpkin patterns. So I figured I should repost this for Kings fans to get their carving on.

I have created four player pumpkins and three logo stencils for all to download and enjoy. I originally started with making the crown stencil (left). But then, a friend asked about the new Kings logo, and I obliged. The idea inspired the Kings message boards to start a contest, with many Kings fans participating. (Click here for a gallery.)

Several years ago, I started carving my own photo-realistic pumpkins. I started with Frankenstein on a huge 15-pounder. After scooping out all the seeds and cutting out a pretty cool likeness of Boris Karloff, I was disappointed to find out that my work only lasted a few days before rotting out.

That’s when I discovered foam pumpkins. No guts to scoop out, no rotting and I could carve even more intricate designs. I’ve carved the classic Universal Monsters, and started doing other iconic horror figures. But my ideas were wearing thin the more obscure I was getting. (Seriously, would the average person remember what Mr. Hyde or The Mole Man look like?)

Jack M'Fn Pumpkin KingSo, I came up with an idea to attempt to carve a likeness of an L.A. Kings player, and the first person I thought would make a perfect Jack O’Lantern was Jack Johnson.

But then I thought to myself other people might want to carve Jack themselves, so I created a template that Kings fans can download and print out on a regular 8.5 x 11 paper.

Then I decided why not create some other Kings players stencils. Basically, you print it out, tape or pin it to your pumpkin, and use a small knife or pointed tool to make a giant connect-the-dots pattern. Word to the wise, allow 2-3 hours for it, especially if you buy a foam pumpkin. Using an X-Acto knife works best, and my advice to novice carvers is to start in the middle, around the nose, and carve out.

Count KopitarGetting Anze Kopitar’s sunken eyes right was important, which to some people, makes him look like Frankenberry from the Halloween cereal. But since I can’t really show depth in a 2-D image, my decision to outline Kopitar’s eyes makes him look like he’s a goth vampire.

But that’s O.K., since Slovenia is located very close to Transylvania (click here for a quick geography lesson. Map may/may not be accurate.)

It seems to me that being compared to Vlad the Impaler is far more favorable than calling him a strawberry-flavored robot. Plus, if you so desire, you could add some fangs to Anze’s teeth, to give it a scarier feel.

Click here for Anze Kopitar stencil

Boooooooooc RobitailleThe third pumpkin stencil was Luc Robitaille. I mean he’s adored by many fans as the King of Kings. If he’s not on a statue in front of Staples, why not immortalize him on a pumpkin?

I also decided to use this specific shot of Luc, after he claimed the all-time scoring record as a King. I was debating putting a crown on him, since he’s the King of Kings, but I only had so much time.

Here’s my pumpkin carving tip for the day: friends don’t let friends carve drunk. If you have a friend who is yielding a child-safe pumpkin saw and is drinking, for God’s sake, take the saw away from him. Last thing you want is a pumpkin tragedy to mar your Halloween experience.

Click here for Luc Robitaille stencil

Drew Doughty as The JokerThe next one was decided for me by the fans. I asked the question who they would like to see and they answered: Drew Doughty. The scary thing is he got injured around the same time last season as he did this season.

And again, I feel I have to preface this by saying that I know it looks like Drew is rocking some goth makeup. You have to allow for some leeway when you turn someone into a jack o’lantern (In this case a Drew O’Lantern.) You have to tether elements together so they will hold together when you carve.

Click here for the Drew Doughty stencil

Finally, you can’t go wrong with the standard Kings logos. So, here’s the post for the stencil of Kings logos I have already done. These have proven to be very popular, and I get a kick to see other Kings fans’ creations. So please, send me a pic of your Kings pumpkins.