The L.A. Kings 2012 Stanley Cup Championship came with a sense of disorder and disbelief. Our minds were mush, our mood maniacal and there were talks of finally being able to die happy.
2012 – we dominated, laid waste to opponents through 20 games, going up 3-0 in every series and only the Cup Final went to 6.
2014 – We fell behind 3-0 in the first round to the San Jose Sharks and won four straight. We fell behind 3-2 to the Ducks and won two straight. We went to seven games and double overtime against the Chicago Blackhawks in the most competitive playoff series I have seen in my over three decades of being a hockey fan before advancing to the Stanley Cup Final. And only the 2014 Final shared any resemblance to 2012 in a 4-1 series victory over the New York Rangers but not before it took three, count them, three overtime victories to become Champions once again.
Perhaps game five of the Stanley Cup Final symbolized our 2014 run better than any other. Fall behind, battle back and win in a heart stopping and glorious manner.
And there is that word.
History remembers winners, plural, not just those who have won.
Winning once can be the wind at one’s back, good fortune or pieces that fall into place for a temporary moment, only to soon thereafter perish.
Winning the Stanley Cup once brings elation.
Those that win again share a similar rapture as the first but along comes another label altogether, one that not only affixes to a moment when you were the best but fast becomes your identity – winners.
You no longer were. You are.
You no longer had. You have.
You are no longer defined by a moment. You are the moment.
Others look upon you as the model, that which they wish to be and become.
The Los Angeles Kings have won the Stanley Cup two times in three seasons. They are not just a team in the National Hockey League. They are the team in the National Hockey League all teams strive to become.
And as for you? What now? If you are here and you are with us, then you are a Die-Hard L.A. Kings Fan. You are family. Wear it with pride for your loyalty and fandom has you, among your brothers and sisters, in elite company.
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