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Lucky charms: The Kings and their three pennies

Jun 17, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

Kings lucky pennies

The Los Angeles Kings may have had some good luck charms in helping them win the Stanley Cup this year in the form of three pennies.

Rich Hammond of L.A. Kings Insider shares the story of how Luc Robitaille and Bailey, the Kings mascot, put some lucky charms under the ice at Staples Center.

Back in August, when the lines were painted on the Staples Center surface, three pennies were placed at center ice. Luc Robitaille contributed a 2002 penny, signifying the year he won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings. The mysterious man behind the Bailey mascot contributed a 2006 penny, signifying the season in which his beloved Indianapolis Colts won the Super Bowl. The third coin, Robitaille said, was from 1893, the year that the Stanley Cup was first awarded, to the Montreal Hockey Club of the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada. On Thursday, Bailey dug the three coins out of the ice.

Who knew the Kings’ mascot was a Colts fan?

We’ve seen this trick done before by Team Canada during the 2002 Olympics when they put a lucky loonie (Canadian dollar coin) under the ice in Salt Lake City.

For the Kings, these three pennies will go down in team lore as the lucky charms the team needed to be the first eighth seeded team to win the Stanley Cup. If only it helped the team have a better record at home in the playoffs as three of their four postseason defeats came at Staples. I think they’ll be OK with having the Stanley Cup to show off to friends anyhow.

(Photo: @BaileyLAKings on Twitter)

  1. scionofflame - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    I love little quirks and traditions like this. Even if it didn’t actually help, it’s cool stuff like that which makes me enjoy sports and being a fan.

  2. broadstbully33 - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM


  3. solador78 - Jun 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    The tradition was started by the Edmonton Oilers’ ice-making crew in Salt Lake City at the 2002 Winter Olympics, where Team Canada won gold in men’s and women’s hockey thanks to a “lucky loonie” ($1 coin).

    • Joe Yerdon - Jun 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      I’m a dink and got my years crossed up. Blocking out Team USA losing is hard you know.

      • solador78 - Jun 17, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        They did it in 2010 too. The mint sells replicas online.

  4. bleedingteal4life - Jun 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    That’s illegal hoodoo! Strip them of the cup 😛

  5. greggoldberg - Jun 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Not to totally be that guy, but the Colts technically won the Super Bowl in February 2007…

  6. irish412 - Jun 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Yeah.. I find coins from 1893 in my piggy bank nightly.

  7. congocash - Jun 17, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    How the hell did la win the cup, team captain wasnt canadian, theyve never won it, were an eigth seed… Was there a glitch in the matrix?

    • creasemasta41 - Jun 17, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      That comment is just stupid on so many levels

      • ron05342 - Jun 17, 2012 at 7:33 PM

        Yeah, stupid is as stupid does.

  8. elvispocomo - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Wait, wasn’t it the strength of LA’s record on the road that was a big reason why they did so well? How did three pennies on home ice help with that?

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