The Royal Half http://theroyalhalf.com A Los Angeles Kings Blog Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:40:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3Hybrid Icing is a podcast from The Royal Half in which we explore hockey and the themes that run throughout it. Each week, Host Jesse Cohen and The Royal Half speak with a myriad of guests from around the world of hockey to bring you a more complete view of the game we all love. Jesse Cohen & The Royal Half no Jesse Cohen & The Royal Half theroyalhalf@gmail.com theroyalhalf@gmail.com (Jesse Cohen & The Royal Half) The Royal Half Radio™ Hybrid Icing The Royal Half http://theroyalhalf.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/HybridIcing_iTunes.jpghttp://theroyalhalf.com Time For Willie Mitchell To Swim Upstreamhttp://theroyalhalf.com/willie-mitchell-food-tour/ http://theroyalhalf.com/willie-mitchell-food-tour/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:39:35 +0000 http://theroyalhalf.com/?p=14776 Over 800 Tweets. Nearly 200 Instagram posts. How many do you think are about food? Well, not nearly as many as are about salmon, but the point stands. Over the past four years, Willie Mitchell has endeared Kings fans to his solid defense and love of food. Solid meal @bestiadtla tonight. It better have a […]

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Over 800 Tweets. Nearly 200 Instagram posts. How many do you think are about food?

Well, not nearly as many as are about salmon, but the point stands. Over the past four years, Willie Mitchell has endeared Kings fans to his solid defense and love of food.

But mostly this:

Here come the tears!

Now, after three full seasons and two Stanley Cups, the Kings will cut ties with the veteran defenseman. And, well, it kind of sucks.

Like a rejected girlfriend, Willie will move on to another team next year. And Kings fans are taking it, uh, well.

Most Kings fans will remember Mitchell’s legacy as a King for years to come, as he stabilized the blue line and became an integral part of the defense-first team, the same that gave up the fewest goals this past season. Despite missing the lockout shortened season due to injury last year, the Kings won the Cup the last two seasons Willie has played. His road back from injury last season, to cap it off with a Cup win, is an inspirational story only found in fairy tales. Like Rob Scuderi, his intelligence, leadership, and physical ability have left the Kings better than before he joined. Four short years, three played, has left that impact, and personified the identity of the Kings moving forward.

That said, some will remember him for the cavalcade of restaurants he and his posse visited and shared with the world through Twitter and Instagram. So, do your best to honor the legacy of Willie Mitchell by taking your own #lafoodtour – and international restaurant tour – with Willie Mitchell’s Restaurant Guide. (click on the “full screen” tab for a complete listing).

Willie Mitchell Approved!

Everyone has their favorite players on their favorite team. Unless you’re a crazy person, it’s a given if you are a Kings fan, you probably love Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, and Jonathan Quick. Maybe even Dustin Brown. The faces of the franchise. The guys that need to play an integral role for the team to have any success. Some fans have unhealthy obsessions with others like Trevor Lewis and Alec Martinez. My guy was Willie. I even made a Tumblr page two years ago (still updating!) to prove my unhealthiness. Willie embodied determination, truculence, blue collar, and all of the other schmaltzy hard work phrases hockey people love to say, enlightened hockey people hate to hear, but the standard all fans live by. He did not have to be flashy on the ice or in the media. Come to work, take care of business, and go on living with curiosity discovering and enjoying the people, places, and nature this world gives to us. That’s what it is all about; find your own happiness and choose your own path.

Unfortunately Willie’s path with the Kings is at an end, and, yes, he and many of us are sad, but he will continue to create his own adventure somewhere else, uncovering new restaurants, and bringing his sense of exploration and energy to a new town.

So, Willie, until we see you out on the ice again, or at the local farmer’s market, know that you will always have a home at Staples Center.


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Willie Mitchell, #ForeverAKing

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ALL THE KINGS MEN PODCAST EP 373: SUMMER OF STANLEY 2http://theroyalhalf.com/kings-men-podcast-ep-373-summer-stanley-2/ http://theroyalhalf.com/kings-men-podcast-ep-373-summer-stanley-2/#comments Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:02:53 +0000 http://theroyalhalf.com/?p=14770   It’s summer time in the NHL and that means it’s time to talk Free Agency, NHL Draft, Hall of Fame inductees and other things that used to mean a lot more before the Los Angeles Kings became two time Stanley Cup Champions. Jesse talks to @LewKay about Gaborik, Greene, Kempe, Kessler and so much more. […]

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It’s summer time in the NHL and that means it’s time to talk Free Agency, NHL Draft, Hall of Fame inductees and other things that used to mean a lot more before the Los Angeles Kings became two time Stanley Cup Champions.

Jesse talks to @LewKay about Gaborik, Greene, Kempe, Kessler and so much more.

You can also listen to past All The Kings Men Podcasts by clicking on the PODCAST tab on the main menu.

 

 

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COHEN’S KINGS CATASTROPHES – CHAPTER 10http://theroyalhalf.com/cohens-kings-catastrophes-chapter-10/ http://theroyalhalf.com/cohens-kings-catastrophes-chapter-10/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:59:15 +0000 http://theroyalhalf.com/?p=14735 Dean Lombardi and the Los Angeles Kings enter the 2014 NHL Draft as two-time Stanley Cup Champions. Since taking over as general manager in 2006, Lombardi has transformed this once moribund franchise into a perennial contender stocked with world-class players. It’s hard to imagine that just 10 years ago the Kings were capping off what […]

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Dean Lombardi and the Los Angeles Kings enter the 2014 NHL Draft as two-time Stanley Cup Champions. Since taking over as general manager in 2006, Lombardi has transformed this once moribund franchise into a perennial contender stocked with world-class players. It’s hard to imagine that just 10 years ago the Kings were capping off what might have been the worst combination of bad luck, bad management and bad hockey that the franchise has ever seen…

CHAPTER TEN : Dave Taylor and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Draft Day

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BACKGROUND

During the 2003-04 season, the Kings lost an estimated 629  games to injuries, including losing both Adam Deadmarsh and Jason Allison for the entire season. Zigmund Palffy missed 47 games in what would ultimately be his final season as a King. Roman Chechmanek, acquired in May of 2003 from Philadelphia for a 2nd round draft pick in 2004, was a disappointment in his final injury-riddled season in the NHL.

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Luc Robitaille returned from his two-year stint in Detroit to lead the team in scoring with 51 points. Dustin Brown had 5 points in his 31 game rookie season.

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On March 8th, the Kings traded Jared Aulin to the Washington Capitals for Anson Carter. Despite all the injuries the Kings found themselves in a tightly contested battle for the 8th seed in the Western Conference.

In 15 games with the Kings, Anson Carter had zero goals and one assist.

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The Kings finished the season with 11 consecutive losses and failed to make the playoffs for the second consecutive year. They finished 11th in the Western Conference with 81 points.

Ten points behind the 8th-seeded Nashville Predators.

11. Losses. In. A. Row.

High Carter

Ugh.

WHAT THE KINGS DID

The Los Angeles Kings made nine selections in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

With the 11th overall pick, they selected Lauri Tukonen from the Finnish Elite League.

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WHY IT LOOKED LIKE A GOOD MOVE

Lauri Tukonen was a highly ranked European prospect.

“The draft year was a time for breakout as he totally dominated the junior A league, played half a season in the professional league and became the youngest skater in recent history to play for Finland in the World Junior Championships

NOTES AND NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING REPORT: Is the highest-rated Finnish player in the final Central Scouting rankings…A big, strong player with a good mix of physical attributes and a high skill level…Is a strong skater with good balance…Is difficult to knock off the puck…Possesses good hands and is a fine stickhandler…Has a solid knowledge and understanding of the game…Possesses a hard, quick wrist shot…Is a tenacious worker who loves to compete…A player in the mold of a power forward…Possesses a good combination of size, strength and skill to elevate his game to the next level.

WHY IT WAS A TERRIBLE MOVE

Lauri Tukonen played in 5 NHL games. He scored no goals and had no assists. He was traded to the Dallas Stars for Rich Clune in 2008. 

Scott Parse, drafted in the 6th round, played in 73 games. The other seven players selected by the Kings combined for 7 games played in the NHL.

Four were played by goaltender Daniel Taylor and three by goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji.

This is real. This happened.

This is real. This happened.

The second round draft pick they traded for the disappointing Roman Chechmanek wound up with the Chicago Blackhawks who used it to draft Bryan Bickell. The same Bryan Bickell who had 7 points in 5 games against the Kings in the 2013 Western Conference Finals.

WHAT THE KINGS SHOULD HAVE DONE

Invest in better scouts and player development.

While Lauri Tukonen wasn’t the absolute worst pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, the Kings essentially wasted 8 of their 9 draft picks…. assuming you think Scott Parse was a decent pick in the 6th round. Four players selected in the same round have played in more than 250 games.

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The Kings selected Valtteri Tenkanen in the 9th round with the 264th overall pick. The Phoenix Coyotes used the 265th pick to draft Daniel Winnick. The same Daniel Winnick that finished the 2013-2014 season with the Anaheim Ducks and has played in 490 NHL games.

Travis Zajac, Andrej Mezaros and Mike Green were all selected in the first round after the Kings selected Tukonen.

Travis Zajac, Jonathan QuickDavid Krecji, Johan Franzen, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Pekka Rinne are just some of the players the Kings could have selected in later rounds that could have contributed more than the combined 85 games from the Kings nine draft picks.

HOW IT WOULD LOOK TODAY

 It’s impossible to try and guess how the draft picks from the 2014 NHL Draft will pan out so let’s take a look at a different draft where the Kings picked in a similar spot.

The 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

The Los Angeles Kings would have taken Marek Zagrapan with the 11th overall pick instead of Anze Kopitar.

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“Who’s Marek Zagrapan“, you ask?

EXACTLY

EXACTLY

FINAL ANALYSIS

BENEFIT

One half decent season from Scott Parse?

COST

Every draft pick the Kings had in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft

OPPORTUNITY COST

So. Many. Options.

EMOTIONAL COST

None

WHO’S TO BLAME

Director of Amateur Scouting, Al Murray

Murray and 2003 draft bust Jeff Tambellini

Murray & 2003 Draft Bust Jeff Tambellini

General Manager Dave Taylor

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LEGACY

After missing the playoffs in the 2005-2006 season, Dave Taylor was fired and replaced by Dean Lombardi. The following season Lombardi replaced Al Murray with Michael Futa, Mark Yannetti and a completely rebuilt scouting department.

SILVER LINING

The lockout that canceled the 2004-2005 season spared Kings fans from having to watch another horrible season.

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ROYAL REPUGNANCE RATING

(on a scale of -99 to +99)

*-98*

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TUFFICULT’S TAKE: CHAMPIONSHIP EDITIONhttp://theroyalhalf.com/tufficults-take-championship-edition/ http://theroyalhalf.com/tufficults-take-championship-edition/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:42:15 +0000 http://theroyalhalf.com/?p=14727 As I write this, I’m on a train headed deeper into Eastern Europe, the muggy and overcast sky filling most of my window, as huge swaths of lush greenery speeds by. My train compartment is quiet, dim, smelling vaguely of powdered soap and Czech farts. Something about traveling has always brought out my introspective, reflective […]

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As I write this, I’m on a train headed deeper into Eastern Europe, the muggy and overcast sky filling most of my window, as huge swaths of lush greenery speeds by. My train compartment is quiet, dim, smelling vaguely of powdered soap and Czech farts.

Something about traveling has always brought out my introspective, reflective tendencies, and this summer’s sojourn through Europe is no exception.

My mind wanders back to the night of June 13, where two of my closest Kings fan friends and I pulled a harried, red-eyed all-nighter in a random AirBNB apartment in Germany while huddled around a laptop and the Cup Final stream. Thanks to the time difference between LA and Germany, puck drop was around 2:30am our time. By the time Martinez scored the Cup clinching goal in double OT, the sun was well above the horizon, serenaded by noticeably foreign birdsong and the sounds of the city waking up.

My friend Phi and I, two of the most hardcore Kings fans you’ll meet, were sitting inches from the monitor throughout overtime, wringing our hands and pouring generously from a bottle of Swiss wine plucked from that country the previous week. Our other friend Randy, a more casual Kings fan (but a real fan nonetheless), was fighting valiantly to keep his eyes open during the second OT.

When the puck found the back of the twine on Martinez’s wide open look, Phi and I erupted with joy, leaping up and down and yelling gleeful gibberish. Unfortunately for Randy, whose senses and reaction time were dulled by fatigue and wine, he had the absolute shit scared out of him by our abrupt reaction. Jerked awake and into fight-or-flight mode by our screams, Randy proceeded to fling the full glass of wine in his hand in a majestic arc, beginning with an initial deluge onto his crotch, and then in a glorious rainbow across the couch, walls, and finally ceiling of this poor AirBNB host’s apartment.

Now fully awakened by his wet pants and thumping heart, Randy joined the celebration in progress, and we leapt around, delirious and full of the special kind of magic that comes with having a great experience far away from home. We smoked a Cuban cigar with great ceremony on the balcony. My fists pumped joyously toward the sky again and again, and I took to Twitter and GroupMe to send my love to #TeamTRH and the nearly 1,000 fans who have graciously followed me since I joined The Royal Half in August. Phi grabbed me by the shoulders; “This is it! We actually won! We’re the champions!”

The “we” in that statement might seem to refer to the Kings players and staff — and of course it primarily does, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the team’s recent slogan “We Are All Kings.” Each of us, in our own very small way, contributes to the existence and success of the team. Whether it’s writing for a Kings blog, taking about the team on Twitter and creating buzz and fan presence, going to games and filling seats, boosting Nielsen ratings, or buying merch; we’re all grains of sand on the mountain that is the LA Kings, its summit now jutting into the rarefied air of champions for the second time in three years.

I’ll always remember that I was abroad with my friends for the franchise’s second Cup, but that’s just my story — a unique one, sure, but in essence mirroring hundreds of thousands more occurring in LA and who knows where else.

Maybe you were with close friends when we won, sharing the ecstasy of gold with those who have supported you through good times and bad; throughout the years when it seemed like you couldn’t lose, and the years when you wondered if you’d ever catch another break.

Maybe you were with family, among those who brought you into the world, those who nurtured you not only with food, clothing, and shelter, but an abiding love for a hockey team from a place with beaches and 100 degree weather — a love that serves as a very real cultural touchstone and a big part of your identity as an Angeleno, or possibly just as a member of your Kings-cheering family, wherever you might be located.

Maybe you were alone, as I was in 2012, when I was in the thick of a master’s program and squeezed between a schedule of late night work and early morning classes. Maybe being alone allowed you to shed tears of joy more freely, as it did for me that year. I’d felt a palpable sense that the demons of failure and disappointment were exorcised from my body, that a sort of incurable optimism had lodged itself in my heart, never to fully leave again — because I had watched a dream come true, as silly and stupid and incomprehensible that may seem to all those on the outside who think that hockey is about a puck, a net, the ice, and some skates.

Ultimately, it’s not about that at all, is it? It’s about the look on the players’ faces as they watched their physical pain, mental effort, and shared sacrifice finally pay off. It’s about watching Chris Sutter lift the cup above his head with a little help from his dad. It’s about knowing that Bob Miller is taking part in the best years of this franchise during the twilight of his career, a swan song that couldn’t be written any more perfectly. It’s about what it feels like to be part of something greater than yourself, to share success and triumph and pain and fear and hope with friends – whether in person or even just online.

If there’s a better metaphor for life than sport, I don’t know what it is. The only question now is, what kind of player will you be?

Will you fight hard for the ones you love, even when you’re in your darkest hour? When things look bleakest, as they did for the Kings when they were down 0-3 to the Sharks, will you pack it in and go home like 99% of people would? Or will you dig deep and find inspiration in a group of teammates and friends who didn’t care what past history and the odds had to say about their chances?

The Kings faced elimination six times during their run to the Cup in 2014. Six times, their backs were against the wall, the pressure was mounting, and they were in a position that would be described by most as daunting, unfavorable, and even frightening. In the book “The Obstacle is the Way” by Ryan Holliday, he talks about how athletes are always asked in these situations if they are nervous. Invariably, their answer goes something like this: “Not nervous, just excited.” Great athletes know how to turn an obstacle into a springboard to success, how to interpret their racing pulse and sweating palms not as anxiety, but as encouraging signs that a great and rare opportunity is at hand.

Maybe for you, hockey is about goals and Fenwick and defensive zone starts and face-off percentage — and if so, that’s totally fine and your prerogative. For me though, it’s also about a way to draw inspiration from the trials and victories of men who have already shown an incredible amount of ambition and tenacity to reach the National Hockey League. It’s about that little sliver of optimism that sticks in my mind like a burr, reminding me that a group of people who I care about, write about, and follow closely were able to show me what’s possible when you believe, when you lay it all on the line and find that last drop in the tank.

This is what I’ve learned about life from being a Kings fan for a quarter of a century: Never stop believing, whether in yourself, your loved ones, or your hockey team. Invest your hope and optimism freely in goals, in people, in love, in your dreams. Even if there’s the inevitable disappointment and adversity along the way, nothing will make the day that you hoist your own personal Cup high above your head sweeter than the knowledge that you always had it in you.

Until then, what kind of player will you be?

See you on the ice.

-King Tufficult (@KingTufficult)

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NOW 0 SEASONS WITHOUT THE STANLEY CUPhttp://theroyalhalf.com/now-0-seasons-without-the-stanley-cup-2/ http://theroyalhalf.com/now-0-seasons-without-the-stanley-cup-2/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:42:42 +0000 http://theroyalhalf.com/?p=14718 It’s been just over a week since the Los Angeles Kings won their 2nd Stanley Cup in 3 seasons. And although this team seems poised for even more greatness in the future… I’ll never forget one moment of the past 26 years that I’ve cheered for this hockey team. 2013-14 was truly an amazing season […]

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It’s been just over a week since the Los Angeles Kings won their 2nd Stanley Cup in 3 seasons. And although this team seems poised for even more greatness in the future… I’ll never forget one moment of the past 26 years that I’ve cheered for this hockey team.

2013-14 was truly an amazing season for The Royal Half. We welcomed new friends to the blog, went to Las Vegas, skated outdoors at Dodger Stadium, made new enemies in the Pacific Divison and finished it all up with a Stanley Cup.

Thanks to Kelly Cheeseman, Mike Altieri, Aaron LeValley, Aaron Brenner and especially my bro Pat Donahue at the LA Kings for showing the rest of the hockey world how to do it right.

Thanks to Jon Rosen, John Hoven, Dennis Bernstein, Jonathan Davis, Rich Hammond and Lisa Dillman for welcoming me into the Press Box this season with only a few jokes about living in my mother’s basement.

Thanks to all the folks on #TeamTRH. Your hard work, your countless jokes (good and bad… but mostly bad to be honest) and your unparalleled passion for the LA Kings is what sets this blog apart from all the other ones out there.

And finally, thanks to each and every one of you that reads the blog, listens to the Podcast or follows us on Twitter. Without you guys… none of this is worth it.

Literally almost cried when I saw this.

I’m heading on a little vacation out of the country for a few weeks. So enjoy the Draft, Free Agent Frenzy and whatever else dumb things the Philadelphia Flyers and/or San Jose Sharks do over the next few weeks. I thought that you all would like to see a couple photos I took during the LA Kings celebration on the ice June 13, 2014… when they won their 2nd Stanley Cup in 3 Seasons:

It truly is an amazing sight.

Matt Greene taking a moment to soak it all in.

Anze #1.

Willie Mitchell was in tears nearly the whole time on the ice.

These 3 photos, forever.

The Black Aces soaking it up.

I hope LA Kings fans never forget how important Jeff Schultz
stepping in during Round 2 was for this Cup run.

An amazing moment between Dean Lombardi and Alec Martinez
that I was lucky enough to witness.

I have the same carpeting in my living room.

Drew Doughty’s shoes.

And finally…

Is there anything more LA than someone in Google Glass on the ice for the celebration?

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ALL THE KINGS MEN PODCAST: EP 372 THIS IS THE ENDhttp://theroyalhalf.com/kings-men-podcast-ep-372-end/ http://theroyalhalf.com/kings-men-podcast-ep-372-end/#comments Sat, 21 Jun 2014 07:36:28 +0000 http://theroyalhalf.com/?p=14693 It’s another Playoff  Edition of All The Kings Men Podcast! OK. This time we mean it. You can listen to a brand-new episode below or subscribe on iTunes. You can also listen to past All The Kings Men Podcasts by clicking on the PODCAST tab on the main menu.

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It’s another Playoff  Edition of All The Kings Men Podcast!

OK. This time we mean it.

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You can listen to a brand-new episode below or subscribe on iTunes.

You can also listen to past All The Kings Men Podcasts by clicking on the PODCAST tab on the main menu.

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LA KINGS HIT LIST: CALIFORNIA CASUALTIEShttp://theroyalhalf.com/la-kings-hit-list-california-casualties/ http://theroyalhalf.com/la-kings-hit-list-california-casualties/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:59:19 +0000 http://theroyalhalf.com/?p=14690 On their way to winning the 2014 Stanley Cup, the LA Kings first had to go through two grueling seven-game series against their California counterparts. In those series, the Kings faced elimination six times in a 14-game span, which seems like totally impossible. Besides the obvious of the Kings being the best team in the […]

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On their way to winning the 2014 Stanley Cup, the LA Kings first had to go through two grueling seven-game series against their California counterparts.

In those series, the Kings faced elimination six times in a 14-game span, which seems like totally impossible.

Besides the obvious of the Kings being the best team in the NHL this season, those staggering numbers do show that the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks very well may have been the third and fourth best teams in the entire league.

Logic would dictate that these Pacific Division giants should bring their respective bands back and try again in 2014-15. Factoring in player growth and development, along with the fact that the Kings played over 110 games, it would appear as though the Sharks and Ducks would be in a great position for next year’s playoff run.

Instead, hilarity ensued.

And, man, it has been fun to watch.

Granted, some of the people below have or will retire, but it’s still pretty amazing to see that a couple of Game 7 losses can so drastically alter a franchise.

#ThankYouTeemu and all that mushy stuff aside, the LA Kings killed Teemu Selanne.
Or rather, finally put him out of his misery.

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Perennial choke artist Joe Thornton is finally being cast aside!
82 points in 97 career playoff games with the Sharks you say?
What a loser.

Five-time Emmy winner Dremenda: OUT.
Brian Hayward and his zero Emmys: Still somehow has a job.

Man, I’d really hate to be a Sharks fan.

With Selanne gone, the Ducks also send long-time roster mainstays
Saku Koivu and Jonas Hiller into exile.

Man, the Kings winning the Stanley Cup is seriously just a keep that keeps on giving.

Keep up the great work, Ducks and Sharks!

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TRH NATION – 6.17.14http://theroyalhalf.com/trh-nation-6-17-14/ http://theroyalhalf.com/trh-nation-6-17-14/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:39:57 +0000 http://theroyalhalf.com/?p=14685 Still hard for us here at #TeamTRH to fully comprehend that the Los Angeles Kings have won their 2 Stanley Cup Final in 3 seasons. Thankfully, we have SiriusXM NHL Network to have me on as a guest to keep reminding all of us about it! Tuesday morning, I joined my old pals Mick Kern […]

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Still hard for us here at #TeamTRH to fully comprehend that the Los Angeles Kings have won their 2 Stanley Cup Final in 3 seasons. Thankfully, we have SiriusXM NHL Network to have me on as a guest to keep reminding all of us about it!

Tuesday morning, I joined my old pals Mick Kern and Peter Berce on SiriusXM NHL Network’s The War Room to talk all things LA Kings Dynasty™. Listen below:

Also check out a bunch of my other appearances on The Royal Half SoundCloud™!

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THE BIGGER THE GAME, THE BETTER WE PLAYhttp://theroyalhalf.com/bigger-game-better-play/ http://theroyalhalf.com/bigger-game-better-play/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 06:02:11 +0000 http://theroyalhalf.com/?p=14677 Now that the dust has settled a little bit on the Los Angeles Kings 2nd Stanley Cup victory in 3 years… it’s finally become clear just what this team has been missing… @LAKings Congrats, Kings, on winning the Cup! I wrote a song about you taking home the cup! Please check it out: https://t.co/gGYPliuNw9 — Brandon […]

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Now that the dust has settled a little bit on the Los Angeles Kings 2nd Stanley Cup victory in 3 years… it’s finally become clear just what this team has been missing…

…a country song anthem about a championship hockey team in Los Angeles.

Thankfully, the Monster Truck Nationals 2014 Artist of the Year, Brandon Maddox, has finally written… well… a country song anthem about a championship hockey team in Los Angeles. Listen to “The Bigger The Game, The Better We Play” below:

DROP THE PUCK, WE ANSWER UP AND PUT ‘EM ALL TO SHAME!

I have to admit, I am more of a fan of Brandon’s earlier work… like “The Bigger the Wheels, The Better The Man”…

… which just happens to be the exact same song.

So what say you, LA Kings fans? Does Brandon Maddox’s Country Hockey Anthem replace “We Are Los Angeles” before each home game at Staples Center next season?

By-Truck

Matt Greene Truck.

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TRH RECAP – NEW YORK RANGERS ROUND 4 GAME 5: STANLEY CUP X2http://theroyalhalf.com/trh-recap-new-york-rangers-round-4-game-5-stanley-cup-x-2/ http://theroyalhalf.com/trh-recap-new-york-rangers-round-4-game-5-stanley-cup-x-2/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:25:24 +0000 http://theroyalhalf.com/?p=14666 KINGS 3, RANGERS 2 (2OT) Words, I do not have them. Just enjoy the last recap of the year and come back to see how all of #TeamTRH felt about this magical run. But thank you, NY Rangers, for allowing me to see the LA Kings win the Stanley Cup once more in person. Some […]

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KINGS 3, RANGERS 2 (2OT)

Words, I do not have them.

Just enjoy the last recap of the year and come back to see how all of #TeamTRH felt about this magical run.

But thank you, NY Rangers, for allowing me to see the LA Kings win the Stanley Cup once more in person.

Yep, let’s just this over with.

 

FIRST PERIOD:

Had to think about that one, eh?

Hmm.. good point.

lol

Should have listened, bro.

 

SECOND PERIOD:

That was profound.

Ahem, ex-Flyers who have actually won.

Thanks for chiming in, Lakers fans.

 

THIRD PERIOD:

Ugh you totally got us!!

Sigh.

Oh man I have some bad news coming up.

 

FIRST OVERTIME:

Sigh again.

 

SECOND OVERTIME:

*uncontrollable sobbing*

I’ll miss the opposing fans the most.

TRH THREE STARS OF THE NIGHT

3. Slava Voynov

Never, ever, ever forget.

 

2. All the Celebrations






All the tears.

 

1. Alec Martinez



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