A cup fit for hockey royalty and horses
The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup on June 11, touching off a Hollywood-style celebration befitting a 45-year-old franchise's first title, beginning on the ice around 8 p.m. PDT.Oh, but when hockey's holy grail wound its way to the farmlands of Viking, Alberta, that's when the former Sharks coach (1997-2002) knew it was time to party.The six hockey-playing brothers - Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane and twins Ron and Rich - combined to play nearly 5,000 games in the NHL and won the Cup six times.Few knew at the time that Sutter was making a multi-hour drive to visit his ailing father after most home playoff games.The Flames, who won the pivotal Game 5 in every series including the Finals, lost Game 6 in a second overtime on home ice.Sutter stepped down as coach two years later to concentrate on being the GM.[...] in December of 2010, Sutter resigned as Calgary's GM and was back on the farm, far from any NHL bench until Kings GM Dean Lombardi, the ex-Sharks executive, replaced the fired Terry Murray with Sutter midway through last season.Sutter rallied the Kings into the eighth and final playoff spot, and Los Angeles won the first three games of each series en route to the Cup.The deadline is less than three weeks away, and unrestricted free-agent power forward Jarome Iginla is an intriguing possibility for anyone pursuing the Stanley Cup.Thanks to a franchise-record streak of nine straight games with points earned (5-0-4), the Blue Jackets are actually playoff contenders.