Stanley Cup Champions LA Kings Open Long-Awaited New Season

The Los Angeles Kings Hockey Club surprised hockey fans across North America with their 8th-seeded win of the coveted Stanley Cup last year, and with their entire championship team returning are a good bet to repeat this season; however, after the end of a gruelingly long “lock-out” labor dispute, the season will be hardly half as long as their championship year.  The Kings open their season at home on Saturday, January 19 at Staples Center downtown against the legendary Chicago Blackhawks into just a 48 game season, with only 24 home games this year.

Eight years ago the National Hockey League staged a similar short season after a labor dispute.  Under the new Collective Bargain Agreement, the NHL and Players Association will have ten years of peace.  Hopefully these disputes will not greatly reduce enthusiasm for the sport among fans; but here in California, there is every reason for fans to get ready for a great season.  No Stanley Cup Championship team has ever returned to the ice completely intact, like the Kings.  Only a few teams have won back-to-back Cups.  Though the season may be short, it may be a really historic one for Los Angeles hockey fans.

Of California’s other professional hockey teams, the San Jose Sharks, also open their season on Saturday but in Calgary, Canada vs. the Flames, and the Anaheim Ducks will face the Canucks in Vancouver at Rogers Center the same evening.

Comments

  1. Too bad they lost! Oh well, this is how last season went & it paid off in the end. Have my fingers crossed.

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