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.

The American (Un)-Hero

So at this point if you don’t know who T.J. Oshie is, then you’re clearly not a United States citizen. Or you potentially live under a rock.

this should be the background on every phone in the nation. it is on mine.

If these facts are true of you, here is yesterday’s unbelievable shootout between Team USA and Team Russia. Or T.J. Oshie versus Sergei Bobrovsky. Whichever sounds more appealing to you.

USA v. Russia Olympic 2014 Shootout

But don’t call him an American hero. He’ll just tell you otherwise.

oshie hero tweet

There’s nothing more amazing when a newly made hero humbly deflects this new-found attention and stardom. I mean, T.J. Oshie is now a common household name here in the States. If hockey was not something you were interested in before, his going 4 for 6 on the shootout has made you 110% invested in the remainder of the Olympic tournament.

Now that you’re all T.J. Oshie fans, here are some of his top moments from his NHL career.

First NHL shootout attempt.

Luongo no longer feels bad about this happening.

T.J. has also beat his USA teammate, goalie Jonathan Quick, one-on-one a few times.

Then, when you think he decided to show-boat, he doesn’t, because T.J. couldn’t be more of a down-to-Earth, humble guy.

oshie tweet

Thanks for being perfect! As if I needed any more heart break!

If you don’t catch my drift, the 27-year-old is recently engaged and about to become a daddy. Al Michael’s made it a point to awkwardly bring that up at the end of his post-game interview yesterday.

T.J. Oshie Post Game Interview

Oh! In case you weren’t completely aware of this either, Oshie amd Jonathan Toews attended the University of North Dakota together. Yeah, they were on the same college hockey team. Can you imagine the parties? Well, kinda.

Best part: They’re still friends.

Ok, back to the Olympics.

don’t forget Quick’s unreal play as well

Whether he wants to be called a hero or not, T.J. Oshie is officially an American icon and will forever be remembered for his unbelievable shootout performance.

You all should be hardcore Team USA fans and cheer them on when they play in the quarterfinals in a few days.