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Los Angeles Kings fans celebrate after Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Devils 6-1 in Game Six to win the series 4-2.
The Los Angeles Kings ended a 45-year drought last night when they captured their first Stanley Cup title. The season will always be remembered for their playoff run, knocking off the 1, 2, and 3 seeds in the West on their way to Lord Stanley’s cup. But what does this mean for the future of hockey in Los Angeles? And could this be the championship that finally gives LA its due as a “real” sports town?
Angelenos have long been seen as fair-weather fans who show up to Dodger Stadium in the 3rd inning and try to beat traffic by leaving in the top of the 7th. And Lakers fans are perceived to be A-list celebrities who sit courtside and don’t really know anything about the NBA. And is there another thriving metropolis in America that would even tolerate not having an NFL franchise for more than 15 years?
Will the Kings change all that? Or will Canadians continue to gripe that LA just doesn’t deserve this?
Lynn Zinser, sports writer for the New York Times
Tom Looney, Fox sports radio host and anchor