Facts on the Fly: Locked Out Editions
Greetings LGKers!!! With the lockout in full effect and no games in the foreseeable future I have decided to do Facts on the Fly twice a week, (starting next week) for the simple fact that I need my hockey fix and I am sure that there are a number of you out there in cyberspace that need some greatest game on earth talk other than the NHLPA and NHL reports that they might talk at some point in the future about having talks in the future. Since there are no games these will be shorter than usual and I will pick random teams to throw tidbits of information on, (do not look for much content on the Team from Anaheim). Let us hope that we get to see a banner raising sometime in the near future and that the players we fell in love with last season are getting and staying healthy, (stay away from the Aunt Jemima please Mr. Penner; for those who are new to Facts on the Fly, Penner is one of my favorites on the team and he did win me a great playoff bet that did in fact include all the pancakes my wife could cook and I could eat. Thank you Penner!!!!).
(Image of Penner)
Since the Kings did win the Stanley Cup, how about a few Stanley Cup memories from the past:
The 2004–05 NHL lockout was a lockout that resulted in the cancellation of what would have been the 88th season of play of the NHL and was the first time the Stanley Cup was not awarded since 1919.(Due to Spanish influenza epidemic)
(Image of 1919 Inscription on Stanley Cup)
On April 13, 1927; game four of the Stanley Cup between the Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins, which was played at the Ottawa Auditorium; was the last Stanley Cup Final game in Ottawa until the June 2, 2007 game played at Scotiabank Place between the modern Senators and the Anaheim Ducks. It is known that one fan, Russell Williams, attended both games, 80 years apart, both games won by Ottawa.
(Image of Russell Williams)
In that game on 4/13/1927;the Senators came out on the offensive and took a 2–0 lead in the first period and again in the third period to put the Senators ahead 3–0. The game degenerated after that; Lionel Hitchman and George Boucher fought, with Eddie Shore of the Bruins. Ottawa police jumped onto the ice to help the referees and Hitchman and Boucher were ejected. Ottawa's Hooley Smith butt-ended Oliver of the Bruins in the face with a minute to play. Shore jumped in to fight Smith and the two were ejected. After the game, Boston Bruin Billy Coutu attacked referee Laflamme on his way to the dressing room, for this attack Coutu would be barred from the league for life.
(Image of Senators)
How about a few LA Kings facts that, to my knowledge, were never mentioned in the playoffs this past year, (of course all statistics can be said to be “made up”, these are no different).
Jeff Carter may have had the Game 6 game winner that helped the Kings win the Stanley Cup, but Matt Greene scored the last goal of the game. How often do defensemen score the final goal of a Stanley Cup Final? The last time a defenseman scored the final goal of a Stanley Cup Final was in 1996 when Uwe Krupp of the Colorado Avalanche not only got that final goal of the game, but it was the only goal scored in the game which went into triple OT and would be the dagger that would complete the 4 game sweep of the Florida Panthers.
(Image of Greene)
Mike Richards is from the town of Kenora; which is in Ontario, Canada. What makes this an interesting fact is that the Kenora Thistles won the Stanley Cup Challenge in January of 1907. Kenora will always be remembered as the smallest city to ever win a Stanley Cup; at the time that they won; the population of Kenora was around 4,000 people. Despite the fact that their population was so small, four future Hall of Famers would come from that Thistle team.
(Image of Richards)
Quick!!! Name the past or present LA King that was traded to the team; that had/has won the most Stanley Cups throughout their career? You would have to go back to the first season, (1967-68) of the team for answer to this, and he was not a player for the Kings; he was the Head Coach. Red Kelly won eight Cups in his playing career, 4 with Detroit and 4 with the Toronto.
(Image of Kelly)
One more fact for the week to whet your appetite for hockey; the Kings played in and won four OT games this past playoffs. The Kings longest streak of wins in OT playoff games remains at five; from 4/18/01 to 4/25/02.
(Image of Kopitar)
For those that remember that I promised to get a tattoo when the Kings won the Cup; I have not gotten it yet. I am waiting to see what the banner looks like before I make my decision. One more thing for the road, the people who write “Today in King’s History” will never have to worry about looking up today.
Sources: LAKINGS.com, NHL.com, GOOGLE IMAGES, HOCKEYDB.com
Facts on the Fly: Locked Out Editions
Thanks Rawley,looking forward for your Locked Out Edition of Facts on the Fly.Hope you and your family are having a good off season and Happy Halloween.