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Kings’ summer with the Cup nearing its end

Sep 1, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

Alec Martinez #27 of the Los Angeles Kings holds up the Stanley Cup after the Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 to win the Stanley Cup series 4-2 in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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On Friday, Alec Martinez was given the chance to celebrate with the Stanley Cup and he chose to do so with his friends, family, and some former Miami (Ohio) University Redhawks teammates.

What makes that event particularly special is, as the NHL.com reported, that he was the last Kings player scheduled to spend time with Lord Stanley’s Mug.

There are still some other members of the organization that have booked quality time with the trophy. For example, vice president of business operations Luc Robitaille will have the Cup next week. However, Martinez’s stint with the Cup in some ways signifies the beginning of the end of the Kings’ celebration.

In the coming weeks — we hope — the Kings’ players will start their training camp and preseason in preparation for defending their championship. That’s a daunting task and one that no one has successfully accomplished since the Detroit Red Wings did it in 1997 and 1998.

  1. id4joey - Sep 1, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Ok fans! Now we go on strike. No spending on Team merchandise, game packages, etc…. It’s time for use to rise to show our discontent with owners and players. Enough is enough.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Sep 1, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    @id4joey I will support you!

  3. ron05342 - Sep 1, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Boycotts never work.

    It is an economical reality: once prices come down, people start buying.

  4. id4joey - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Well ron05342, if you can start thinking outside the box, and stop buying, then we’re batting a 1000. Join us.,

  5. jacketsfan7 - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Yeah this is a great idea

  6. highlander24 - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Lockouts are so stupid in sports. They fight over a small percentage and end up losing way money, momentum, popularity and more in the long run. It’s not worth it NHL, not again. We want to see the Kings quest to defend commence on its scheduled time, with a full schedule.

  7. jhuck92 - Sep 2, 2012 at 5:37 AM

    That Jackets fan would be the first to boycott the league, but then again has nothing really to lose except maybe a bad GM. This lockout (if we have it) should be spent by Columbus rethinking their management.

  8. sjsharksfan11 - Sep 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Thank God….been the most painful Summer ever with those clowns winning.

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