After three months and nine days, the Stanley Cup has been hoisted on Staples Center ice, been the center of attention at a parade to a quarter-million adoring fans, has been on tour around North America and the world, has been filled with drank out of, eaten out of, filled with champagne and cereal (not simultaneously, of course), been on golf courses, at hospitals, on mountain tops and even the subject of domestic drama as it has been caught in bed with a handful of Kings players. This summer, much like any summer, Stanley has seen and done it all.
Of course, after an eventful summer, there’s just one task that hasn’t been addressed yet. There is still the matter of engraving the names of the 2012 Stanley Cup champions onto Lord Stanley’s mug itself. Players, coaches, trainers and front office personnel of the Los Angeles Kings will have the honour of seeing their name on hockey’s holy grail – most of whom will get to experience such a privilege for the very first time.
The engraving process will begin today in Montreal and just between you and me, it would be a little gratifying to see some Canadiens fans on hand so they can cringe at watching the Kings’ Cup win all the more official. Of course, if no Habs fans show up, that’ll be all right with me.
Nevertheless, despite the turmoil of the current lockout, Kings’ fans everywhere can take plenty of solace knowing that today is a very special day for them and their team. While the Los Angeles Kings were declared Stanley Cup champions three months ago, nothing takes away from the opportunity to have those involved having their names on a piece of hockey history forever.
Once again, congratulations to the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings!
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