A Unique Stanley Cup Sand Sculpture In LA (Photos)

While visiting LA Live, across from Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, I encountered this very unique Los Angeles Kings sand sculpture (pictured above). The monument was created during the Stanley Cup playoffs and modified for the finals, after the Kings won the cup.

One side of the carving features a sand Stanley Cup, with the words “LA Kings Stanley Cup Champions” written in big letters.

Dustin Penner Comes Back From Pancake Injury To Win Cup

Dustin Penner pancake injuryMonday night, Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Penner won his second career Stanley Cup (won with Ducks in 2007), when LA defeated the New Jersey Devils in six games. 

While Penner and his teammates are basking in championship glory, it's interesting to look back at what may have been the most noteworthy occurrence of LA's rather uninspiring regular season.

By the way, the significant event we speak of had nothing to do with hockey.

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Getting To A Game 6 Is An Accomplishment For The Devils

Devils third team in NHL history to extend Stanley Cup Finals to sixth game after down 0-3Monday night, the Los Angeles Kings host the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. The Kings owned a commanding 3-0 lead in the series, before losing Games 4 and 5.

With the Kings possessing a nearly insurmountable advantage, it seemed almost certain that LA would sweep the Devils or at worst win the cup in five games.

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Quick, Penner & Mitchell Signing Autographs On LA's Stanley Cup Off Day (Video)

Quick, Penner & Mitchell Signing Autographs On LA's Stanley Cup Off Day Tuesday was an off day in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, with both the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils electing to practice at the Kings and Lakers shared facility in El Segundo (CA).

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Kovalchuk, Clarkson, Oates & Robinson Signing On NJ's Off Day (Video)

Kovalchuk, Clarkson, Oates  & Robinson Signing Autographs On NJ's Stanley Cup Off Day The New Jersey Devils took to the ice at the Kings and Lakers shared facility in El Segundo (CA), shortly after LA's off day workout came to a conclusion on Tuesday.

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Wayne Gretzky Thrills Fans Prior To Game 3 (Video)

Among fans of the vast majority of professional sports leagues throughout the world, debate continually rages regarding who is the very best player ever to don a uniform in that chosen association. The National Hockey League stands as one of the very few entities where this age-old discussion is pretty much nonexistent.

For fans of the frozen game, the argument starts and ends with the man known as the “Great One,” the one and only Wayne Gretzky.

Mark Messier Entering Arena Before Game 3 (Video)

Very few players in the history of North American sports have led teams to championships in both Canada and the United States. Mark Messier is one of those rare athletes.

The Edmonton native was the second best player (behind Wayne Gretzky) on four Stanley Cup winning Oiler teams, before serving as the undisputed leader of a fifth Edmonton title team, which took place after Gretzky had taken his talents to Southern California.

Bettman, Gasol, Will Ferrell & LL Cool J Entering Game 3 In LA (Video)

Bettman, Gasol, Will Ferrell & LL Cool J Entering Game 3 In LA In addition to chronicling the presence of NHL legends Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, prior to Game 3 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, iFolloSports.com amassed video of figures from the worlds of athletics and entertainment, as they entered Staple

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The Kings Must Love Life On The Road

Kings win first nine playoff gamesWednesday night, the Los Angeles Kings took Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, defeating the New Jersey Devils 2-1, on a thrilling overtime goal by Anze Kopitar.

With the victory, the Kings are now 3-0 in overtime games in the 2012 postseason, having also won their first nine road playoff games, setting an NHL record.

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Rangers & Devils Bringing Back Memories Of 1994

Mark Messier guaranteeMonday night, the New Jersey Devils host the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, with the favored Rangers leading the series 2-1.

This is the sixth time that the New York area's “Hudson River Rivalry” has been played in the NHL's postseason.

The Rangers have won four of the previous five meetings.

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Mike Richards Embracing The LA Lifestyle (Video)

Last June, in one of the more shocking developments of the NHL offseason, the Philadelphia Flyers traded team captain Mike Richards to the Los Angeles Kings, in a multi player deal that included right wing Wayne Simmonds.

After six noteworthy years in Philly, where he averaged 24 goals and 38 assists per season, the man known for his spirited nature, both on and off the ice, was about to get a fresh start on the complete other side of the country.

Anze Kopitar Loved By LA Hockey Fans (Video)

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar has emerged as the best player on the LA roster over the last few years. The three-time Bill Libby Memorial Award winner (Kings Season MVP) is poised to take home the honor for a fourth time, after leading the club with 25 goals and 51 assists once again this season.

The 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Draft has led the Kings in goals each of the previous five seasons.

Drew Doughty's MLB Loyalty Remains In CAN (Video)

Los Angeles Kings defensemen Drew Doughty was the second overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft. Three years later, the Kings awarded Doughty an 8-year/$56 million contract.

It appears safe to say that the LA front office has been more than thrilled with how their decision to select Doughty has turned out.

Up Close Look At Canucks Off Day Practice In LA (Videos)

Henrik Sedin and Canucks Off Day Practice in LA Coming off of last season's disappointing loss to the Boston Bruins in a hard fought seven-game Stanley Cup Finals series, the Vancouver Canucks did not miss a beat during this regular season, posting an NHL leading 118 points, while earning the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

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An Unusual Tribute At A Recent Vancouver Canucks Game

Salmon tossing honors Garrett Paquette in VancouverDiehard hockey fans traditionally have been known to toss sea creatures onto the ice, with the most notable example being the famous octopi of Detroit. In recent months, Vancouver Canucks followers may have set the bar a bit higher by conceiving a brand new tradition.

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The Blame Game Continues In Vancouver

Vancouver City Council blames NHL for Vancouver riotsWe all remember video of the rioting in Vancouver after the Canucks lost to Boston in the Stanley Cup Final. The hooliganism, carried out by mostly intoxicated fans, was one of the most embarrassing events ever to take place in a beautiful city that had recently hosted a successful (and peaceful) Winter Olympic Games in 2010.

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