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Posted On Sunday, 09.07.2014 / 6:13 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Robitaille closes Cup's week in Southern California

After months of crisscrossing the globe to spend time with Los Angeles Kings players and staff, the Stanley Cup made its return to Southern California last week.

It started on Tuesday when the Cup visited South Park Studios, where the show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, got to spend some time with the most iconic trophy in sports. The Cup made a similar stop to the South Park offices after the Kings won the franchise's first championship in 2012.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.02.2014 / 11:44 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

USHL Atlantic Challenge to feature top '15 prospects

A number of top prospects players listed on NHL Central Scouting's Futures List for the 2015 NHL Draft will headline the second annual United States Hockey League Atlantic Challenge preseason showcase, at Twin Rinks Ice Center in East Meadow, N.Y., Sept. 5-7.

The event will feature the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Muskegon Lumberjacks, Lincoln Stars and the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 team.

Seven players from the USNTDP program are on the Futures List: forwards Jeremy Bracco, Christian Fischer, Jordan Greenway, Brendan Warren and Colin White, and defensemen Nick Boka and Casey Fitzgerald.

Muskegon center Cooper Marody also made the Futures List.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.02.2014 / 9:10 AM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Kings GM Lombardi celebrates with Snoopy

Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi put the Stanley Cup in the doghouse over the weekend.

Not just any dog's house, though. Lombardi took the Cup to Santa Rosa, Calif., on Sunday and to the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Schulz is most famous for penning the "Peanuts" comic strip, and Hockey Hall of Fame Keeper of the Cup Phil Pritchard photographed Lombardi with the Cup in Snoopy's dog house.

Schulz, as Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times noted, was an avid hockey fan.

Posted On Thursday, 08.28.2014 / 12:00 AM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Lewis brings Stanley Cup back to Utah

The only native of Utah to win the Stanley Cup twice, Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis brought it home again Wednesday.

"All my family and friends are here," Lewis told "So there is no better place to bring it back to. I've seen all the support I had last time, and seeing it again is great."

More than 6,000 people were on hand at the state capitol in Salt Lake City, according to the Deseret News.

"It's crazy and unreal," Lewis told the newspaper.

Posted On Monday, 08.25.2014 / 10:41 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Defenseman Alec Martinez brings Cup to Texas

Defenseman Alec Martinez, who scored the overtime goal that gave the Los Angeles Kings their second Stanley Cup in three seasons, celebrated with his family Monday at his home in Allen, Texas, near Dallas.

While assistant coach Davis Payne, who had the Cup on Sunday in Kamloops, British Columbia, filled it with cheeseburgers, Martinez opted for Fruit Loops instead.

Martinez scored 14:43 into the second OT of Game 5 of the Final to give the Kings a 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers. He also scored the overtime winner against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final.

Posted On Monday, 08.25.2014 / 3:11 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Kurker leads Sioux City at Junior World Cup

Samuel Kurker, a 2012 second-round pick (No. 56) of the St. Louis Blues, had one goal and two assists as the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League beat Swedish junior club Malmo 5-1 in a Junior Club World Cup game Monday at Sports Palace Ufa in Ufa, Russia.

Sioux City leads Group B with a 3-0 record and is the only undefeated team in the 10-team tournament.

Forward Joe Snively, a 2015 NHL Draft prospect, had one goal and one assist for Sioux City, and Adam Johnson added one goal and two assists.

Goaltender Collin Olson, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect, stopped 26 of 27 shots.

Posted On Sunday, 08.24.2014 / 5:24 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Kings assistant Payne returns home with Cup

Still basking in the glow of winning the Stanley Cup for the first time, Los Angeles Kings assistant coach Davis Payne wanted to bring hockey's ultimate prize back home to Kamloops, British Columbia. He received his opportunity this weekend when he returned to the place he still considers his hometown despite spending most of his time in Southern California.

"It's a chance now to pay it back and celebrate and share all this stuff with everybody that was an important part of it all the way along," Payne told in June. "All the coaches in Kamloops, all the friends and teammates that I have that are still there,"

Posted On Friday, 08.22.2014 / 4:28 PM

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Ranford, nephew celebrate two championships

Thursday was a memorable day in the life of Los Angeles Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford. He had two reasons -- and trophies -- to celebrate.

Ranford spent the day with not only the Stanley Cup he and the Kings won in June, but with the Calder Cup; his nephew, Brendan Ranford, won the American Hockey League championship with the Texas Stars.

Posted On Thursday, 08.21.2014 / 2:31 PM

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Kings goalie Jones brings Cup home to Vancouver

Los Angeles Kings goalie Martin Jones enjoyed a homecoming with the Stanley Cup when he returned to his native North Vancouver for a celebration at the North Shore Winter Club, where Jones played minor hockey.

Founded in 1958, the club's alumni feature current NHL players including Jones, Evander Kane (Winnipeg Jets), Kyle Turris (Ottawa Senators) and Drayson Bowman (Carolina Hurricanes). The NSWC and its members welcomed Jones home with a parade through town during which he showed off the Cup while atop a Zamboni.

"I remember playing here for four years and those were some amazing memories I had here, so to come back and have that kind of welcome was awesome," Jones told the Vancouver Sun. "I think that's what's so special about this thing, when you're able to share it, especially at a place where you spent a lot of time as a kid. And to come back and give back a little bit it's fun for them and it's fun for me as well. There's some happy kids out there, so that's what it's all about for sure."

Posted On Thursday, 08.21.2014 / 12:23 PM

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Mitchell takes in a day of fishing with Stanley Cup

Former Los Angeles Kings and current Florida Panthers defenseman Willie Mitchell enjoyed fly fishing with friends in Pitt River, British Columbia, during his day with the Stanley Cup this week.

Mitchell's fishing trip was tame compared to his first experience with the Cup in 2012, when he ascended Mount Benedict to meet his wife, Megan, for a champagne toast.

Mitchell, 37, has played in 795 NHL games for five teams. In 89 Stanley Cup Playoff games he has 16 points, including a goal and three assists with a plus-10 rating in 18 games to help the Kings to their second Stanley Cup in three seasons.

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