For the first time in their 45 year history, the Los Angeles Kings can proudly call themselves Stanley Cup Champions! It has been a whirlwind year for the Kings as they have gone through coaching changes and they just barely squeaked into the playoffs. If you want to use the term Cinderella story to talk about the Kings, go right ahead.
After sputtering at the beginning of the season, the Kings let head coach Terry Murray go and replaced him with veteran Darryl Sutter. With Sutter at the helm the Kings went on a tear and they secured a playoff spot as the number eight seed in the Western Conference.
If the regular season is where the Kings had trouble, the playoffs are where they excelled. Los Angeles tore through the Western Conference defeating number-one seeded Vancouver, sweeping St. Louis and then defeated Phoenix in five games. But coming into the playoffs, a number eight seed has never won the Stanley Cup Finals. Well, the Kings made history by defeating the New Jersey Devils in six games. Goaltender Jonathan Quick was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the finals MVP and Los Angeles added another championship to their very high sport pedigree.