We here at The Royal Half are big fans of John van der Woude and his website, Hockey By Design. (Except for when he ranks our favorite LA Kings jersey as the worst!) And we are also a big fan of his Play-By-Play Posters, which highlight some of hockey’s greatest calls.

We asked John how this concept came about.

The idea for the play-by-play posters came from seeing other typographic designs and wanted to bring hockey into something like that. Iconic play-by-play calls were a natural fit for that and – being a Canucks fan – their 2011 Game 7 OT goal over Chicago spawned two such iconic calls, by John “They’ve slayed the dragon” Shorthouse and Jim “It’s a great day for an exorcism” Hughson. I started looking for other iconic calls and have been creating more ever since.

Well, since John is a Vancouver Canucks fan, he may never have a chance to create a Stanley Cup winning call poster for his favorite team. So that’s why we begged him to do a poster for us two-time champion LA Kings fans!


Sure, Nick Nickson’s call of the LA Kings winning the 2012 Stanley Cup may the one you are more familiar with. But Bob Miller’s call, which was released as part of a special DVD, is the one that in my mind really sums up the feelings of LA Kings fans on that fateful June day in 2012.

So go and buy John’s poster and put it up on the wall with all of your other LA Kings memorabilia. It’s 20% off today only! And also be sure to check out his Vintage Hockey series, including this awesome LA Kings design:


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. You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter @TheRoyalHalf.