For hockey players, the Stanley Cup is everything.
The majestic chalice has been used as a doggie dish and a flower vase. Every year, at the conclusion of the Finals, the Cup becomes the world’s largest champagne glass. In 1994, the Rangers’ Eddie Olzcyk let Kentucky Derby winner “Go for Gin” eat from it, and last year, the Bruins’ Brad Marchand ate cereal out of it.
It has been used to baptize babies, has gone swimming in Mario Lemieux’s pool and gone clubbing with Patrick Kane. The Cup has hiked Yosemite and played Pebble Beach. It’s appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, and been a guest at the White House. Dustin Penner says he might even use it to mix up a little pancake batter should the Kings win it this year.
The Stanley Cup spends every summer traveling the globe with champions as members of the winning team enjoy their day with it. The celebrated trophy has ventured from Anchorage (with Scott Gomez), to Zurich (with Martin Gerber), and most everywhere in between. Wherever the Cup goes, it quickly becomes the life of the party.
Yes, there is a lot on the line as the Stanley Cup Final come to Los Angeles this week.
When Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille won the Cup as a member of the Detroit Red Wings in 2002, he said the feeling was surreal, like nothing else he had ever experienced.
“I was lucky enough to win the Stanley Cup,” Robitaille said. “When it happens, when you are holding the Cup, it is unbelievable. It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world, and I want our players and fans to experience it.”
The experience begins this week as the Stanley Cup Final come to Los Angeles for only the second time in history.
Here’s how fans can stay connected and get the most of the Stanley Cup experience:
Game 1, On the road, Wed., May 30, 5 p.m. (PT)
Game 2, On the road, Sat., June 2, 5 p.m. (PT)
Game 3, At STAPLES Center, Mon., June 4, 5 p.m.
Game 4, At STAPLES Center, Wed., June 6, 5 p.m.
*Game 5, On the road, Sat., June 9, 5 p.m. (PT)
*Game 6, At STAPLES CenterMon., June 11, 5 p.m.
*Game 7, On the road, Wed., June 13, 5 p.m. (PT)
* - If necessary
TV: Game 1 – NBC; Game 2 – NBC; Game 3 – NBC Sports Network; Game 4 – NBC Sports Network; Game 5 – NBC; Game 6 – NBC; and Game 7 – NBC.
Post-Game TV: Kings broadcasters Bob Miller and Jim Fox will host special postseason editions of Kings Live after each game. The on-air schedule is as follows: Game 1- FS West; Game 2 – PRIME TICKET; Game 3 – PRIME TICKET; Game 4 – PRIME TICKET; Game 5 – FS West; Game 6 – FS West; and Game 7 – FS West.
Radio: Listen to club broadcasters Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans call each game on AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network. Game 2 will also be simulcast on AM570 Fox Sports LA.
Post-Game Radio: Evans and Nickson will host special editions of the popular fan-driven call-in show Kings Talk after most games. At home, fans are encouraged to attend the show which takes place at The Mixing Room at the J.W. Marriott at LA LIVE.
Team Website: LAKings.com is the club’s official website.
Web – LAKingsInsider.com is the spot on the web where you can read about the Kings as covered by team beat writer Rich Hammond.
Web – Kings Vision is the video arm of LAKings.com and features unique videos and highlights.
Web – Letsgokings.com is the official Kings message board.
Twitter: Follow the Kings on Twitter – @lakings.com
Facebook: Like the Kings on Facebook -- Facebook.com/lakings
Mobile App: Download the official Kings mobile available for Iphone and Android users.
Merchandise: Get the largest selection of Stanley Cup Final merchandise in Los Angeles at the Team LA Store at STAPLES Center or online at teamlastore.com.
Tickets: Call 888-KINGS-LA and visit LAKings.com for all Kings ticket information.