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These Kings have a distinctive Philly feel about them

Jun 12, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne, Mike Richards Getty Images

If you’re a Philadelphia Flyers fan, watching the Los Angeles Kings win the Stanley Cup had that distinct bittersweet taste to it.

These Kings came through with so many connections to the Flyers, fans had taken to referring to the Kings as “Flyers West” only now the Kings have the Cup and Philly is still without one since 1975. Dan Rosen of highlights the numerous connections the Kings have to Philly and if you are a Flyers fan, you might want to look away. Check out these L.A.-Philly ties, they’re staggering.

  • Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne, and Justin Williams all had significant time playing for the Flyers in their career.
  • Colin Fraser was originally drafted by Philly in 2003 but never played for the Flyers.
  • Kings assistant coach John Stevens is a former Flyers head coach.
  • Kings GM Dean Lombardi, while between GM jobs with the Sharks and Kings, was a scout for the Flyers in 2006.
  • Kings Vice President and Assistant GM Ron Hextall won the Conn Smythe Trophy with the Flyers in a losing effort during the 1987 Stanley Cup finals against Edmonton.
  • Former Kings coach Terry Murray used to play for and coach the Flyers.

At this rate they have to have a Cup parade through Philadelphia too, right?

  1. dsd3 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:19 PM


    • rarelyshaves - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      Thank you, kind internet user.

      What a stupid set of associations to mention.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Notice PHT has to post stories about Philly, Philly West, or the Penguins to get hist ! Flyers and Penguin fans may not agree on anything but the one thing they can agree on is there REALLY ARE NO KINGS FANS oh Iam sorry THERE ARE CELEBRITY FANS !

      • ron05342 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:40 AM

        What an absolute buffoon you are.

        If you check your history, Los Angeles came into the league at the same time that Pittsburgh and Philadelphia did. And Philadelphia held a parade for their expansion-awarded team in 1967 and no one had any idea what was going on…at the same time, die-hard Los Angeles hockey fans, who had cheered on the Monarchs in the 1930s, and the Blades in the 1960s (inline hockey), anticipated our first NHL team.

        If you are going to try to stir the pot, at least don’t look like a moron doing so.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:38 AM

        Yeah ok surfer dude ! Iam the buffoon ! Philadelphia had the Quakers in the 30’s ! Iam talking NHL club ! Your talking Inline hockey please ! Get back on your surf board ! Flyers did in 7 years what it took the KINGS to do in 45 !

      • manchestermiracle - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        egghead: I didn’t know I was a celebrity. Guess I missed the memo. Kings have the Cup, Flyers going on 38 years since their last one. Did you have a point or are you just being a moronic troll again?

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      See Cartsie and Richy can’t deny the fact that their FLYERS past history is stronger than their KINGS present !

      • fbothharbaughs - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:13 PM

        Great deduction skills from this article.

        I deduced that in order to win a cup, a player must LEAVE Philly…

      • manchestermiracle - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        My deduction: Leave the Kings early for Philly (LaPerriere)–No Cup……Leave Philly and end up on Kings: Cup. Remaining Flyers: 38 years now with no Cup.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

        CRUDKAKE come on !!!!!!! The KINGS have no followers ! I get it, Matthew Perry is Canadian enough wit dat ! Oh Iam sorry, lets throw david beckham in there to AHHAHAAHHHAHAAHHAHHa !

  2. govtminion - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    …uh oh, the Flyers were mentioned in an article, time for all the Pens trolls to start their ‘1975’ mantra.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      kinda like the philly trolls emerging when the pens are mentioned eh?

      • govtminion - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        You’ll get no argument from me.

  3. drunkbro - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    jeff carter is so horny right now. cant wait to hit the beach with a few beers and find some loose coeds

    • danphipps01 - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      I swear to God, I can’t look at the guy without being reminded of Wooderson from Dazed and Confused. Makes that mental image work disturbingly well.

  4. crosberries - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Ahhhhhhhhahahahahaha this article is great

    • drunkbro - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      i remember when you and all your usernames disappeared for the week after the flyers dumped on the penguins chest. it was awesome :) now lets hear more 1975 jokes

      • fbothharbaughs - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

        Guess your “cup” was beating the Pens in a playoff series. Only someone forgot to tell the franchise you have to win 4 series for a championship…

  5. murtdurt - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Watching carter Richards and gagne lift the cup was the best part of the kings winning. The only thing that would have been better is if richards put the cup down and flipped the bird to holmgren clarke and snider. What a dumb franchise enjoy bryzLOLov #1975

  6. emperorzero - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Glad to see Hextall finally get a Stanley Cup. The 1987 Flyers are one of my favorite teams of all time and it just killed me when they lost to the Oilers.

  7. wicky888 - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    As a Flyer fan, I’m happy for all those guys. Except for Stevens, he’s weird.

  8. wicky888 - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    And PHT does post worthless stories about the Flyers and Penguins in order to get hits. It works of course. I’m waiting for tomorrows posts ……. “Giroux takes a dump” and “Malkin gets a hard on”

  9. bobhpine - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Maybe carter will take a lap through Philly with the cup and slam hartnell’s girlfriend for old times sake

  10. tackledummy1505 - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Murtdurt* (shaking my head)- The only thing that would have been better is if richards put the cup down and flipped the bird to holmgren *clarke* and snider.

    As you can see I highlighted Clarke. Why would Richards give Clarke the bird? Mr. Bobby Clarke has no affiliation with the Flyers except as a consultant. Second off, why would any of those players be pissed at the Flyers? Richards probably has the only real reason, being that he was the Captain of the Flyers and the Flyers Captain is all but handicap now. Still the Flyers gave Richards and Carter huge contracts that set them for life. Each 10 years +, they just traded them to change the outlook to a team to make room for younger players. Guys like Giroux, JVR, Wellwood, Reid, Voracek, etc. to get more ice time and to learn how to play with one another. I’m sorry but I still love the moves the Flyers have made the last few years. Plus everyone’s biggest grip in Philly was goaltending and we went after the best goalie in the market. I still think Bryz can pay off for Philly. Lastly people Jonathan Quick was the reason why anybody from LA is holding a cup right now. Regardless who is on that team, LA is only in the playoffs or holding a cup, because Jonathan Quick is a beast and probably the best goalie in the league as of right now. Sorry Rangers fans, but Quick proved it by winning the Cup. Put Quick on the Flyers and it wouldn’t have been a contest. Put quick on the Penguins and it would’ve been lights out. Quick dominated game in and game out and the right goalie and the right time can win it for you. Ah la LA with Quick, so enough with this Holmgren stuff and enough with the bad decisions. Fact is most GM’s don’t have the balls to do what Holmgren did and at one point we were looking like the best team to win the cup. We ran out of gas and we went up against the Trap. Bad thing to run out of gas and play illegal hockey. Holmgren’s decisions will be felt either by next season or the season after that. Depending I believe mostly on Chris Pronger

    • murtdurt - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:30 AM

      The only thing worse then someone pointing out minor spelling errors are people who write essays expecting people to read past the second line. With that said Richards, Carter and Gagne all have a ring and Giroux, Hartnell and the rest of the cheesy crew have none.

      • manchestermiracle - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:14 AM


        The only thing worse than spelling and grammar errors is listening to someone whine about how hard it is for them to read more than two lines. Since we’ve reached two lines here I’ll stop now.

    • manchestermiracle - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      td1505: Don’t forget the excellent defensemen. No goalie can stop every shot. As good as Quickie was all season long it takes a good set of d-men to limit the shots he has to see. The biggest thing I remember about the playoffs is how few odd-man rushes Quick had to deal with. And the PK was outstanding, mainly because the other team never got many chances to set up in the offensive zone and blast away. Oh, and having your guys score 5 short-handed goals helped, too.

  11. derekjetersmansion - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Thanks Ed and Paul for not having the patience to let your best players to have one bad year. Good riddance.

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