The Year of the Los Angeles Kings: Celebrating the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions, is the only officially endorsed and licensed Championship book by the NHL and is the must-have Stanley Cup collectible for all fans of the game!
The Los Angeles Kings won their team's first Stanley Cup after a dominant postseason run that saw them go 16-4 while setting a record for Playoff wins on the road. They started the season as unlikely contenders, built a strong team over the season, and then battled their way through the two-month marathon that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In the end, the Kings' roster not only looked like a Cup champion, but played like one. Led by American-born captain Dustin Brown, the Kings dominated the postseason. Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar, complemented by newly acquired forwards Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, formed the core of a team that faced the best in the League, and won. But the emergence of Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick was the true key to the Los Angeles victory.
The Kings won 10 games in a row on the road and the first three games of every series despite never having home-ice advantage. They went 4-0 in overtime games and suffered only one loss away from the STAPLES Center. Under coach Darryl Sutter, another mid-season arrival, the Kings beat all comers and brought the Cup to the West Coast for the first time in their 45-year history.
The Year of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates the year-long journey to glory, from pre-season, through the regular season and every game of the playoffs. Augmented by more than 125 colour photos, this officially licensed book is the one keepsake any fan of the Kings, or the Stanley Cup, will want for 2012.
ANDREW PODNIEKS is the Globe and Mail bestselling author of more than 50 works about hockey. A respected hockey insider, Podnieks is visible at most IIHF international hockey tournaments, where his reporting of the games and off-ice stories of the players, entertains hockey fans from around the globe. Podnieks' recent titles include: Retired Numbers; Canada's Olympic Hockey History, and Sid vs. Ovi. Podnieks lives with his wife Jane in Toronto, Canada.
ANDREW PODNIEKS is the author of more than 55 books on hockey, most notably 2008's bestselling book on the 100th anniversary of the Montreal Canadiens, Honoured Canadiens. He is also the author of Players: The Ultimate A-Z Guide of Everyone Who Has Ever Played in the NHL; The Complete Hockey Dictionary; World of Hockey: Celebrating a Century of the IIHF; A Day in the Life of the Maple Leafs; Canada's Olympic Hockey History, 1920-2010; A Canadian Saturday Night; and Portraits of the Game: Classic Photographs from the Turofsky Collection at the Hockey Hall of Fame. In addition, he has covered three Olympics and nine World Championships for the IIHF and has written extensively with and for the Hockey Hall of Fame and Hockey Canada. He has also worked with Canada's Sports Hall of Fame to develop web and exhibition content.
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