Cheering For The Kings I Guess

It’s taken the Los Angeles Kings only nine games to remove the Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues from the playoff picture, and when is it going to get hard for them? If they keep going like this, the major studios will come calling.

I’ve decided that I’m hoping the Kings go all the way. They’re the one NHL city I can almost accept right now, I suppose because they’ve been around since 1967, the first year of expansion, and for me that’s some solid history. Along with Orillian Jiggs McDonald handling the first play-by-play.  (The other new teams were St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Oakland, Philadelphia, and Minnesota).

Heck, I’m just trying to find a team to cheer for. And it wasn’t going to be Philadelphia.

So why not L.A.? And besides, they win by default  because I could care less about the other teams playing and I like going to Los Angeles. It’s that simple. I thought I might be cheering for the Rangers because the Big Apple is so great, but I haven’t seen many Ranger games, and the ones I have seen, I forget.

And of course, L.A. has magnificent palm trees.

The L.A. Kings were born when the Sunset Strip, a few miles west of the Fabulous Forum, was filled with long haired youth toking and provoking and often forgetting underarm deodorant. The Doors and Janis Joplin blew it out at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, the streets were abuzz, crowds gathered at the Troubadour and Pandora’s Box and at the theatres to see Dustin Hoffman seduced by Ann Bancroft. Things were hopping, and definitely, the players from that first year in LA were in their new city at a very cool time.

Although I suppose being on the hockey team got in the way of a lot of things.

The Los Angeles Dodgers were my favourite baseball team back then, but I see in checking the Dodgers 1967 season that they finished 28 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals, so I guess they sucked at that time. But regardless, palm trees grew behind the outfield walls at Dodger Stadium and the team once boasted the sensational pitching duo of lefty Sandy Koufax and the righthanded Don Drysdale, who were even more important than palm trees.

L.A.s a good place with great weather. It hardly ever rains, unlike where I live. It’s on the ocean, and there’s some nice neighborhoods, and of course some not-so-nice neighborhoods. I’m sure you’ve seen both in the movies. Also, the freeways are ridiculously packed and drivers on regular streets are on their horns to the guy in front of them about a millisecond after the light turns green. I know about this quite a bit.

But aside from that and a few other things, (okay, a lot of things), it’s a lively and interesting place to visit. I think it always has been. Humphrey Bogart liked it.

For me it would be fine to see the Kings go all the way. Why not?

Keep it going, Kings. Go Dodgers. Go Habs, next year!





5 thoughts on “Cheering For The Kings I Guess”

  1. According to todays Vancouver Province newspaper:

    If he doesn’t return to the Canucks, Vigneault would immediately shoot up the short list in Montreal.

    Among Francophone coaches available, Vigneault has the best Canadiens-specific ceevee – flawless French, a Jack Adams nomination in a previous incarnation as Habs coach, maturation in style and substance since his three-plus seasons in Montreal in the late 1990s.

    Patrick Roy would be a wild card; Marc Crawford’s French is passable (he learned while coaching in Quebec) but his mercurial style would be an awkward fit; Francophone Bob Hartley is coaching in Zurich; Michel Thierien, another former Habs (and Penguins) coach is doing TV work.

    For those who ask, why would Vigneault want to wander into the hornet’s nest that is the Canadiens, here’s why: The Habs have some building blocks in place and Vigneault likes the limelight.

    “The three hottest [NHL] markets as far as attention have to be Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto – they could be 1a, 1b and 1c,” Vigneault said. “I think as a player or as a coach, I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to be in one of those markets because it’s so passionate.

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  2. Sun, surf, stars and palm trees make for great photos but don’t say hockey lives here. Despite this I’m going to reluctantly join you in the cheer but only because Los Angeles is a slightly less crappy hockey town than Phoenix. How the hell do they still have a hockey team? And a potential owner willing to burn money in a financial disaster?

  3. Chris, I was in a pub on the Sunset Strip and manager was from Montreal and wore a Habs hat. The he told me the bartender was from Vancouver and was a Canucks fan. Then he said the other bartender, a woman, was from Toronto and was a Leafs fan.

  4. Dennis, I don’t let little things like facts, personal experiences and the truth get in the way of my stereotypes. Jack Kent Cooke, the first owner of the Kings, determined that Los Angeles was where 500 000 Canadians moved to get away from hockey. He said that in the 70s about the same time I stopped learning.

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