Yo, I know the Kings are a grind-it-out hockey team and their goalie is a hothead, but let’s take some time to back it up several paces and talk about the Kings being a franchise currently built on love and forgiveness.
Love? Forgiveness? Is this a rehash of that Jeff Carter and Mike Richards tale?
Not to blow your mind, but that was just a piece in a much longer, actually very deliberate culture shift for the Kings franchise. And I would argue that it’s a huge part of why they win more than lose these days — as much as being a team that got super into puck possession.
I’ve been thinking about this because I said on Twitter that Dustin Brown is absolutely the right captain for the Kings. I know that that’s a little bold to some folks on account of hating him or, if you’re a Kings fan, you might think it’s lame that he’s the captain while Anze Kopitar puts points together like the league’s too easy. That’s your prerogative and Bobby Brown once recorded a song about how prerogatives are important and people should let people live, so go ahead. But Dustin Brown is also the dude who bought in 1000% as soon as Dean Lombardi strolled in and said, “Hey, you want to win a Stanley Cup one day?”
Brown said, “Where’s the needle, Dean? I’ll thread it. I’ll sew that banner.”
I wasn’t present for the conversation, but I’m pretty sure that’s how it went. Prepare to be shocked as hell when it’s one day revealed that Brown sewed that 2011-12 Stanley Cup Champions banner by hand.
Don’t just take my word for it, though. Let’s go back in time.
THE SCENE: April 2006. Dean Lombardi has to choose between GM opportunities in Los Angeles and Boston. He chooses LA.
THE most underrated scene in the entire movie. It was perfect. And do you know how often I see gif sets of it? This is the second one I’ve seen since the movie came out (It’s been over 5 months, now).
So let’s just pause for a moment from reblogging gifs of Tony’s sass, Loki’s sex appeal, or Bruce’s fluffiness and just appreciate this nameless, old, German guy and how, even though he knew he would probably die, he stood up to a tyrant to prove that the human race wouldn’t give up their freedom so easily.
Friendly reminder that it’s implied that he’s a Holocaust survivor.
Anze Kopitar | Slovakia vs Slovenia
this hits @JFTC_Kings right in the feels