Closing Time

The greatest trophy in all of sports has once again been lifted. This year, by the LA Kings.

Talk about one hell of a way to win the Stanley Cup. Alec Martinez coming in the clutch AGAIN with the series-clinching goal, just like he did against the Blackhawks.

Alec Martinez

In all sincerity, congratulations to the LA Kings. That win was beyond well-deserved, especially considering the hole they dug themselves out of in the first round.

Forgot about that already? Logan Couture sure didn’t.

But at the end of the day, no matter what team you’re rooting for, the greatest sight every year is watching the Stanley Cup being hoisted over the head of the team captain and his teammates’. There is no emotion more pure than in that moment, and it’s special to watch. (Even from at home, on the couch.)

Then, there was the super heart-warming scene when Darryl Sutter’s son, Chris, got to raise the Stanley Cup; it was the highlight of the entire night. Also, since the entire LA Kings team considers Chris as their brother, it made it all the more special.

Chris Sutter Raises Stanley Cup

It’s all of these moments added up together that make me love being a hockey fan, even when it stresses me out. I have never seen celebrations year after year where the players excitement slowly dulls, simply because it is what they had worked so hard for their entire lives. The Stanley Cup is described to be the most difficult trophy to win, and seeing player’s reactions after winning it supports that theory.

Even if they’ve won it before, it’s still pretty special. We saw that last year with the Blackhawks.

And to be honest, I’m totally looking forward to seeing what Dustin Brown’s kids do with the Stanley Cup this summer. In case you forgot, they blew chocolate milk bubbles  in 2012.

Season after season, this is what 30 teams are attempting to win. For their moment of glory and a place in history. Season after season, fans hope that “this year” is the year when their team is the only one left standing. (And to see awesome moments like this.)

But no matter who is left standing, watching the Stanley Cup be hoisted is the perfect closure to each season. It’s the ultimate sign that the following day, all 30 teams are heading back to the drawing board for the next season.

So here’s to the LA Kings: 2014 Stanley Cup Champions.

(via King Doughty tumblr)

Especially Jonathan Quick for this gem. He’s seriously representing our home state, Connecticut, so well.

But also, here’s to the countdown til next season. Does anyone have an official countdown yet? I could really use it.

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What We’re Thankful For

Tina and I have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. We go to an awesome college, there’s no lockout this year, and our favorite players have continued to impress us with their good looks and charm throughout these past few months.

Here’s some of our favorites:

But most importantly Tina and I are most thankful for all our loyal readers. Without you guys, this blog would not exist!

Happy Birthday, Kaner!

Patrick Kane, welcome to the quarter of a century old club. Although, it’s not that cool yet seeing as Tina and I have yet to be inducted. But today you have made it a significantly better place to be.

It’s hard for us to image that you’ve been dangling your way through the NHL for the last six seasons. We’ve for sure crowned you the prince of dangle-city, especially when it comes to shootouts.

You also have two Stanley Cup Championships, a Conn Smythe, a Silver Medal from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and a Calder Trophy to your name. Pretty impressive career for a guy who’s only 25 years old.

2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six

 

Oh and did we forget to mention you got the 2010 Stanley Cup winning goal in overtime of Game 6 and no one but you knew it went in? Yeah, that happened.

What we love the most is your ability to surprise us.

kane mullet

with a mullet

 

Speaking of “business in the front, party on the back”, as college girls, we understand the brief phase you had. Because really, everyone should experience college in one way or another.

kane partying

 

Now, you’re 25. Mature. Well-dressed. And love to dance. Especially with Jimmy Buffett.

Margaritaville anyone?

Margaritaville anyone?

some good looking teammates too

some good looking teammates too

So all in all, happy birthday Kaner! We love you! But celly reasonably after your game tonight.