Champions at Last Essay

637 WordsJul 29, 20143 Pages
Champions At Last The Los Angeles Kings had the greatest Stanley Cup Championship run in the history of the National Hockey League. During the 2011-2012 season the Los Angeles Kings were an up and coming team with bright and young athletes. Anemic scoring and inconsistent play lead to the mid-season firing of Head Coach Terry Murray and the hiring of Darryl Sutter. Under the coaching of the brash personality of Darryl Sutter the Kings played a gritty and overpowering game; the playoff push was ignited. The Kings finished the regular season as the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference and finished the post-season as Stanley Cup Champions for the first time in franchise history. The Kings had a star-studded roster with high scoring forwards and hard-hitting versatile defensemen. Led by team captain Dustin Brown, he is regarded to as a soft-spoken yet impactful player. He was relied on to set the tone each and every game. Along side Dustin Brown was alternate captain Anze Kopitar. Kopitar is known as a natural scorer but chooses to setup and assist more then raise his own statistics. The other alternate captain was Matt Greene. Greene is a tough and strong defensemen who was the rock of the entire team. His tough play would shut down opposing player’s game after game. Although they were very talented the Los Angeles Kings struggled to score and win games, changes were needed and came. Known as a defensive minded team the Kings struggled to score goals and win games; thus leading to the firing of head coach Terry Murray. In came Darryl Sutter, a former player and general manager in the NHL. He brought with him a hard nose attitude and the players responded. When Sutter arrived the Kings were on the outside looking in at the playoffs. He was able to rally the Kings and they improved their season to finish in the final spot of the playoffs.

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