It feels like forever, but it’s only been two years since the Los Angeles Kings last won the Stanley Cup Championship in 2012. Tonight, the Kings could once again bring home the cup in game five vs. the New York Rangers at Staples Center, on Friday the 13th no less.
Joining us on the phone this morning is LA Kings President of business operations and NHL Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille to talk about the Kings journey to the Stanley Cup Finals ahead of game five tonight.
Even though the Kings currently lead the series 3-1, Luc is hesitant to call it a done deal on the team winning that last game to take the Cup.
“Once you get to the finals, it’s always two great teams and to get to the finals it shows a lot of character,” he said. “You look at our path where we had to go through three game sevens – you know what they say in sports, when you’re up three, the hardest game to win is the forth one.”
But it’s that resilience and ability to comeback that makes the Kings one of the best teams in the league, and Luc credits the players’ character on getting them into the finals once again.
“What’s amazing the way we built this team – for years we always talked about character…we looked at their talent, but we studied their character,” he said. “It’s truly, absolutely incredible and it’s all about the character of these guys. I’ve never seen a team like that.”
Going into game five on home ice tonight, what advice will Luc and head coach Darryl Sutter give to the team?
“There’s not much to say to them at this point…our guys know what they have to do,” he laughed. “Just make sure if the puck stops on the red line, you push it in.”
One thing’s for sure, we’ll be cheering on the Kings as they go for the cup in LA tonight! And Luc, we won’t be forgetting your promise you made on bringing the Stanley Cup into the studio when they do win, wink wink.
Listen to our complete conversation with Luc Robitaille in the clip below.