Larry Mantle

Go, Kings, go!

I'm writing about 90 minutes before the start of Game Six of the Stanley Cup finals -- Kings vs. Devils.  As a long-suffering Kings fan, I can only hope that our long wait ends tonight.  If not, I shudder to think of Game Seven in Newark. 

I go back to the days of Jiggs McDonald, "Whitey" Widing, and "Frenchy" Lemieux.  I still think the 1974-75 Bob Pulford-coached squad, featuring Rogie Vachon in goal, was the most consistently strong King team I saw.  However, the truly entertaining teams came with the arrival of Marcel Dionne and the construction of his Triple Crown Line.  I loved watching the Kings during the 1970s and early 80s.

Of course, the Wayne Gretzky era wasn't too bad.  How can you complain about the franchise's only previous trip to the Stanley Cup finals (1993) and getting to see the sport's greatest all-time player in our city? 

Share your thoughts about the Kings and their history here.  If they win tonight, I'll share some of the comments on-air tomorrow morning.  Let's hope we're celebrating a first-ever Kings Stanley Cup title.

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