GIF That Best Represents the Past Few Weeks for the LA Kings:
Looks like the Kings aren't the only ones dressed in black to be losing lately.
HAPPY NEW YEAR?
It's finally 2015, and the question on everyone's mind right now is... are the members of #TeamTRH psychic?!?
First, there was the Queen Of Meme, Almsmcq, and her tribute to the LA Kings Baby New Year, Tyler Toffoli.
He must have got mono from so many people kissing those cheeks!
Then, there was yours truly... who threw out this innocent (and dumb) tweet a few hours before Tanner Pearson broke his ankle.
And finally, completing the Doomed Prediction Hat Trick, PumperNicholl went after the Kings' best player.
What the LA Kings (and TeamTRH) need more than ever right now is a guardian angel.
BACK IN BLAKE
Saturday night at Staples Center, the all-time LA Kings leader in games, goals and assists for defenseman will have his number retired. During his 20-year career Rob Blake was known for two things... his booming shot from the point and booming shots from his hip and shoulders.
But there is also one thing that sticks out to me when it comes to Rob Blake's career, especially with the Los Angeles Kings.
Ever since I first saw Rob Blake skate as a rookie during the 89-90 season, I've been fascinated with how much he sticks out his tongue while on the ice. No seriously, he really did.
I see you lurking, Helen Hunt.
When I was a kid, I never pretended to be Michael Jordan sticking out my tongue as I slammed a ball into the net (on a 8 foot rim, let's be real). No, instead I pretended to be Rob Blake, skating down the ice coast-to-coast, looking to score the game-winning goal for the LA Kings in the Stanley Cup Final with my tongue hanging out. And sadly, for most of my child (and adult) life, the image of Rob Blake lifting the Cup as a LA King was just that... pretend.
But now, it's a different era. The LA Kings are owners of 2 Stanley Cup Banners. Let's be honest... the other amazing hockey players that Rob Blake's #4 is going to join in the rafters of Staples Center didn't win much with the LA Kings either.
I want to marry this photo.
On Saturday night at Staples Center, let's celebrate the amazing hockey career of a one-of-a-kind player that we literally saw grow up as a LA King.
And during his jersey retirement ceremony... just remember that one of Blake's greatest moments as a hockey player happened to come during his time in San Jose.
If that's not a reason to cheer for him, I don't know what is.
The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens, and Martin Jones. If you like the hockey equivalent of dirty jokes or enjoy humorous screen-grabs of NHL players and broadcasters with funny captions... man, you are going to like The Royal Half. You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter at @TheRoyalHalf