The Los Angeles Kings are now a part of history. Their names will forever be etched into the Stanley Cup thanks to this spring's remarkable run (or at least until this ring gets removed in like 80 years.. but they'll still be there!).
Well, most of them anyway.
Who didn't make the cut?
Bob Miller, Jim Fox, Nick Nickson, and Daryl Evans: I don't know if any team has ever put any of its broadcasters' names on the Cup but if any deserved it, it's the Kings' long-serving TV and radio crews. I'm sure they were all thrilled just to be a part of this season's festivities, but I think they should have been rewarded for their many years of great service with the permanence of Cup engravings.
Andrei Loktionov: This one is especially puzzling to me. Lokti played all but two of the required regular season games and made up for those with a pair of starts in the opening round. Sure, he didn't have a great NHL season, but we all know he will be a solid player one day (you know, assuming, the NHL ever plays again). And it's not like you have to have been a superstar to get your name on the Cup, right Kevin Westgarth? It's as though the Kings are pushing this talented little guy into the welcoming arms of the KHL. *sigh*
Scott Parse: Is Scott Parse really still on the roster? It seems like he hasn't played in 3 or 4 years. Of course he didn't get his name on the Cup.
Terry Murray: No shit. He was FIRED! And for good reason! The Kings were terrible when Murray was behind the bench, stretching back to the 2010-11 season. It wasn't like it just started last October. Yes, he taught the core how to play defense but he also refused to let them play offense. Fired coaches do not get their names on the Stanley Cup!
Kevin Westgarth: Oh wait, he did get his name on the Cup? Are you f@#%ing kidding me? Were those Christmas commercials really that instrumental in raising hockey's holy grail?
Me: I think my contributions to this year's Cup victory should have been enough to get my name on the Cup, but I guess someone disagreed. I'm sure it was a close vote, but they don't really make those things public, so we'll never know for sure.