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Bettman: ‘We’ve gone from the Golden Seals to a Golden Era’ in California

May 29, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

David Beckham and Tom Cruise

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was among the crowd of 18,593 that took in last night’s Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Kings beat the San Jose Sharks, 2-1, to win the all-California series — and the experience was something to behold, according to the commissioner.

“To be here tonight and see the crowd, it all demonstrates that hockey is thriving in California. And that’s great to see,” Bettman told the Los Angeles Times. “If we were trying to be a little trite, we could say we’ve gone from the Golden Seals to a Golden Era.”

California’s third team, the Anaheim Ducks, fell to the Detroit Red Wings in the first round, also in seven games.

Both the Kings and Sharks played to full capacity during the lockout-shortened, 24-game regular season. The Ducks ranked 25th in attendance, averaging 15,887 per game.

  1. sjsharks66 - May 29, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Im so tired of seeing tom cruise. They showed him an justin bieber like 30 times last night. If i was a kings fan, i would be embarrassed. Show real fans instead.

    • jernster21 - May 29, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      or boobs behind benches. Everyone likes BBB.

    • imleftcoast - May 29, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      The L. Ron Hubbard Coyotes. I like the sound of that.

      • iluvzhockeys - May 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM


      • gmsalpha - May 29, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        What does that even mean?

      • imleftcoast - May 29, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        That Gary Bettman would ruin the league to please non-fans from Hollywood. I’m still bitter they let Disney name a team after a kids movie.

    • dannymac17 - May 29, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Who cares who is in attendance? Its Los Angeles, youll find these same people at Lakers games. Seems you are still bitter about losing to the Kings.

      • pennerismyhomeboy - May 29, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        Im pretty sure the same people are not at the lakers games. LA gets the B listers. Love it. Tom Cruise is an anomaly. (and I’m a Kings fan)

    • comeonnowguys - May 29, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      At least they’re somewhat current. Chicago fans have to put up with seeing Jim. Freakin’. Belushi.

      • drone501 - May 29, 2013 at 2:54 PM


      • trollaikman8 - May 29, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        And Vince Vaughn….
        Belushi was at least at one time a funny entertainer. Vince Vaughn is Vince Vaughn.

    • jpelle82 - May 29, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      celebrities go to games. big deal. they dont know what they are watching until a little light goes on or the jumbotron tells them to do something. funny story though, apparently the kings announcer called out bieber about his reckless driving fight with keyshawn johnson –

  2. aldog83 - May 29, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Im sure if Robin Thicke or Robin Sparkles was at a Canucks vs Canadiens game the camera would find them more than once.

    Take it easy!

    I love hockey.

    I could care less about the NBA playoffs. But if you are trying to grow your sport…..

    You take advantage of celebrity to give attention to your sport.

    Us real hockey fans will love the sport regardless of who watches.

    Even Robin Sparkles.

  3. ibieiniid - May 29, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    “If we were trying to be a little trite, we could say we’ve gone from the Golden Seals to a Golden Era.”

    oh Gary, you still got that sense of humor you never had.

  4. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 29, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Gee Gary.. I didn’t see you in there, nor did the cameras.. You must have been setting’ the nosebleeds…?

    • JoeAvg - May 29, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      TSN shown him and Daly sitting side by side (of course). Perhaps NBC was afraid if they put the camera on him people would turn it off.

  5. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 29, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    I love my Los Angeles Kings as much as I hate the LAKERS

    • joelwrobinson - May 29, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      No one cares.

      • iluvzhockeys - May 29, 2013 at 4:09 PM


        If you didn’t care you wouldn’t have posted.

  6. ron05342 - May 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Golden Seals, a blast from the past.

    Obviously, in retrospect, it wasn’t all that bright to put team in Oakland in 1967.

    But its clear that in 1994, it was a good idea to put a team in San Jose.

    Timing is everything.

    • drone501 - May 29, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      remember seeing the seals play the pens in the eayly 70’s they wore gold skates. charley finley may have been the owner, can’t remember.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - May 29, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      Sharks were put in SJ in 1991 not 94

  7. sjsharks66 - May 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Not bitter about anything. I find it annoying how whenever there is a game in LA they have to point out the celebrities who have great seats that real fans wish they could afford.

    When everyone who was at the kings game last night probably don’t even care about hockey.

    This has nothing to do with the kings-sharks series or bitterness. It just is a point about LA sports and why everyone thinks their fans and sports teams are obnoxious.

    • joelwrobinson - May 29, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      I love how you start this post out about not being bitter, then proceed to complain.

    • dannymac17 - May 29, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      You say they dont care about hockey, but its clear as day they do, cause people who dont like hockey dont goto hockey games you imbecile. You are bitter as hell still. You are the most obnoxious person ive come across. You care more about the Kings and their fans than anything else. Just be quiet and stop commenting on Kings related threads cause youve been doing it for the past 2 years and you look like a child complaining about another teams fanbase. Sharks will never win anything.

      • devilsarethebest - May 29, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Um, yea. Many people will go to a hockey game or any sports game for that matter jst for a night out. And alot of them know nothing about hockey. Mayne JB, because he’s canadian, but ask Beckham what icing is and he’ll have no idea. I guess Kings fans don’t like facts, and get offended by them If you’re a real fan in LA than hats off to you and stay classy.

      • dannymac17 - May 29, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        What? people got to stanley cup playoff games just to go?


      • jpelle82 - May 29, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        rich people do

      • dannymac17 - May 29, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        Rich people maybe, but how many? They showed 3 celebrities.

    • ibieiniid - May 29, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      i mean you kinda gotta roll with that. watch a Philly game, you’ll see a cheese steak. watch a DC game, you’ll see some monuments. watch a Blues game, you’ll see the arch. LA is the land of the stars, so watch an LA game, see some movie stars. that’s just normal broadcasting homie.

      • dannymac17 - May 29, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        dont tell him to listen to logic, his tiny brain would explode

    • iluvzhockeys - May 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      When I think of hardcore hockey fans I think of silicon valley.


  8. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 29, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    I’ve been to 3 games at the staples center, 2 of those times I got the tickets free (10th row center ice) this 4 years ago. Compare this to over 100 games at the Fabulous Forum where the Kings use to call home. I’m just saying I agree with sharks66

    • dannymac17 - May 29, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      what does getting free tickets have to do with anything? someone had to buy those tickets in order for you to obtain them, NHL franchises arent in the business of giving out free tickets.

      So you mean to tell me youve been to 3 games at Staples yet over 100 at the Forum??

      And so you havent been to a game in 4 years? your logic is as skewed as sharks66

  9. dannymac17 - May 29, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    “I am so tired of seeing Tom Cruise” Tom cruise doesnt give a f%^$ about you being tired of seeing him

    he can actually afford tickets to a game you internet troll

    • comeonnowguys - May 29, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      I thought he was sitting in some secluded castle, staring at the wall, because the outside world is always such a hassle…

  10. imleftcoast - May 29, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I know a lot of loyal Kings fans, and they are great hockey fans. How does Gary Bettman give himself credit for the Kings’ success though? He’s saying it took forty years, isn’t that too long? What about the Triple Crown Line in the 80s? Marcel Dionne was a hero to me growing up even though I’m a Canuck fan. Dionne was a great player and total class act.

  11. rrino - May 29, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Golden Seals to the Golden Era, whats next Bettman, Golden Showers?

    (sorry, was the best I could come up with)

    • ibieiniid - May 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      that’s what the lockout was for… pissing on players.

      • dannymac17 - May 29, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        and fans

  12. heynyc61 - May 29, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    So many angry people…. Great series…

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