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Stoll, Greene at Kings championship DVD premiere

by Curtis Zupke

LOS ANGELES – If a film director were to cast actual NHL players for a hockey movie, he or she could very well use the Los Angeles Kings as central casting.

There's the gruff, old-school coach, Darryl Sutter. There's the square-jawed blue collar defenseman Matt Greene. The good-looking, leading-man type? How about Jarret Stoll?

Yep, the Kings are fit for the big screen. Not that Greene is preparing for a second career, though.

"This is my first feature length," Greene joked Monday night at the theater premiere of the Kings' Stanley Cup championship DVD.

Asked if he had ever done any acting at the University of North Dakota, Greene said, "Nothing on this level. I was in acting class, but I never made the cut."

Greene and Stoll were on hand to see the DVD play out on the big screen at L.A. Live, the entertainment center across the street from Staples Center, where the Kings delivered a Hollywood ending with the first Cup in franchise history.

Neither has spent much time watching highlights of their playoff run, so the premiere was a look back at one of the great Cup runs in recent memory: Eighth-seeded Los Angeles knocked out the top three seeds in the Western Conference before eliminating the New Jersey Devils in six games in front of its long-suffering fans.

Greene and Stoll were actually more curious about the behind-the-scenes footage that was collected during the months-long march.

"The dressing room footage," Stoll said. "Things that we've missed. Things go so fast in the playoffs with all the media, the traveling and back and forth, hotels and buses and planes. It's moving so fast that sometimes you miss things. We were so focused. Our mindset was so straightforward. Sometimes you miss some things."

Stoll provided one of the signature highlights of the playoff run with his series-clinching overtime goal in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in Vancouver. Greene's shining moment came in the conference semifinals when he scored his first playoff goal on a game-winning shorthander against the St. Louis Blues.

"I haven't really watched too many highlights, to tell you the truth," Greene said. "I'm excited to see what they got. You see these guys carry the cameras around and kind of follow us around all the time and you wonder what they actually use it for. I guess when you actually win, maybe see you that. Nobody wants to see behind the scenes of a series loss."

One of the behind-the-scenes highlights reportedly includes Justin Williams talking about giving his teammates an emotional speech before Game 6 of the Final, which the Kings won in a rout. It would have been a sort of "Hoosiers" type of scene.

"He was basically telling us to take advantage of this," Stoll said. "He got a little emotional. For himself, he felt very lucky to be in a position to win it again. He was just being honest. It was how he felt. Hearing it from a different voice, as opposed to the coaching staff, it means a little different, I think. He was just honest with himself with how he was feeling: ‘Look to the guy to your right, look to the guy to your left, and play for them. Play for your wife, your kids, your grandpa, your grandma.' It was a great speech."

The DVD also gives casual fans a brief history of the Kings, who had only been to the Final once before and fell short with Wayne Gretzky.

Former King Luc Robitaille, who was part of that team, said he had seen part of the DVD.

"They touch up on the history of our franchise, which is key," Robitaille said. "But to relive the moments of when we won … it's really well done, so I'm looking forward to seeing the ending. We were so busy when we won, we didn't really get a chance to really enjoy that moment. But to see it on camera, it's going to be a lot of fun."

Greene and Stoll's presence was appropriate given that Stoll handed Greene the Cup in the line of succession. The two are regular carpool buddies and, yes, they carpooled to the premiere.

Stoll gave a nod to the Hollywood-like fashion in which the Kings won the Cup.

"There was lot of adversity, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of downs during the regular season," he said. "And then we kind of peaked at the right time and then we got that climax when we needed it….we're not Hollywood actors or actresses. We're professional hockey players and we want to win, and we found a way to do that."

Kings spokesman Mike Altieri said the DVD does not include the Cup-clinching "call" of Game 6 by the longtime Kings television broadcasting team of Bob Miller and Jim Fox. The Kings had Miller and Fox call the game on their own for posterity, for fans, in lieu of the regular NBC broadcast, and it could be made available later in another form {Miller's can be heard on YouTube].

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