I haven't really been a lurker on this website, but I have been aware of it for quite some time. Just finally got the nerve to join and hopefully be a part of this community.
I am a male and I have been a Kings fan since the early 90's growing up in the SCV. My Dad and I were new to the sport of hockey (my Dad grew up in the Philippines and I was only about 6 years old at the time) but both of us were fascinated with the Kings when Gretzky arrived in Los Angeles. What a special time that was, especially when the Kings made it to 93' Stanley Cup Final! It’s still disappointing when they lost to Patrick Roy and the Canadiens.
After my folks divorced when I was 12, the Kings were off my radar until 2001 when the "Frenzy on Figueroa" occurred. I just happened to be watching that playoff series at the time and when the Kings defeated the Red Wings in Game 6, it reignited lost childhood memories. The later that fall, I started college at Cal Poly SLO and while living in the dorms, I ran into this guy from San Jose with a Sharks t-shirt on and right away I'm like "Go Kings Go!" This rivalry with my new friend cemented myself as a hockey fan for life and we are still friends today (but with me finally having bragging rights :-)). It was tough to be a Kings fan then, especially when the SacKings were “good” at the time. When you go to a school on the central coast that is virtually ½ Nor Cal, ½ So Cal, you set yourself up for confusion when you say you’re a Kings fan.
After college, I relocated to San Diego in 2006 to start my career. I was starting a new life so I wasn’t paying as much attention to the Kings for the next couple of years. It was mostly the Marc Crawford era, so I didn’t miss much. When my life was more settled, I was feeling the itch to get back into the Kings again which was perfect since it was during the beginning of the current revival. Needless to say, my fandom peaked when the Kings finally won the Stanley Cup last year!!!
To wrap up my life story, I joined this forum today cause I am tired of cheering for the Kings in my own little bunker at home. I still make it to Kings home games at Staples Center and even visited enemy territory for the first time this year cheering for the Kings at the Ponda Center, but my Kings social network is still a little thin. My Step Dad and Mom are supportive and now Kings fans, but everyone else in my family couldn’t care less. There is only one exception, my cousin who lives in Vancouver (but he’s a good guy, he didn't riot)!
Thanks for listening and “Go Kings Go!”