Los Angeles Kings look to rule the NHL once again


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LA Kings captain and right winger Dustin Brown and his hockey squad look to recapture the magic that they worked in their Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup in 2012.

Hockey has never been one of the top three most popular sports in the United States and Los Angeles’s history had reflected this. The Los Angeles Kings never seemed to be the talk around town. After all, Los Angeles has had a wide culture of successful professional sports franchises that the Kings must compete with for popularity. The Lakers have 16 championships, the Dodgers have an almost religious fan base, and the Galaxy are one of the prominent teams in Major League Soccer.

“I don’t like hockey,” said junior Trevor Williams. “Actually, I don’t watch hockey, so I guess I don’t have an opinion on it.”

However, much of this changed in 2012 when the Kings unleashed a merciless, Cinderella story playoff run from the bottom of the standings to a Stanley Cup. The Kings were finally the team of Los Angeles, at least for a week or two before attention steered away from them again. But since then, there is absolutely no doubt that the popularity of Kings hockey in the City of Angels is rapidly increasing.

Although some are still unfamiliar with even the game rules of ice hockey, many Angelenos are becoming more and more absorbed in supporting the Kings. They are finally realizing the thrill provided by watching ice hockey, nicknamed “the fastest game on earth.”

“At first, I didn’t know how people could stand watching hockey, but when my dad took me to a Kings game in sixth grade, I fell in love with it,” said sophomore Bryce Wilkinson.

In the current 2013-2014 season, the Kings, coming off a disappointing loss in the playoffs at the hands of the eventual champion Blackhawks, has once again been predicted by analysts as the favorites to finish atop of Pacific division standings. Led by exceptionally talented forwards Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, and Mike Richards, two of the best defensemen in the world in Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov, and an incredibly clutch goalie Jonathan Quick, the Kings are the team to beat in their division.

Although currently below the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks in the standings, Kings fans are confident in their Kings to pull through.

“I know that my boys will end up on top,” said Wilkinson. “Stanley Cup, baby!”