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This is a very important early season Pacific Division matchup. The Los Angeles Kings are the favorite team to come out of the West but have struggled out of the gate, unable to find consistent scoring. Meanwhile, the Anaheim Ducks are off to their best start since the 2006-2007 season. So in preparation for this big game, the 1st of the 2013 Freeway Face-Off, I've decided to take an in-depth look at these two teams... and the ways they celebrated their individual days with the Stanley Cup.
You can never make fun of the LA Kings Stanley Cup Ring ever again.
Now, since Los Angeles is infinitely cooler than that pit of a parking lot they call Orange County... it's pretty embarrassing how much more awesome the LA Kings players' days with the Stanley Cup were than the Anaheim Ducks players' days.
I mean... seriously Teemu Selanne?
Is hanging out with a bunch of half-naked dudes really the way to celebrate winning the Cup?
Oh... well... come on... this is Las Vegas. Totally different situation than some Finnish steam bath.
Todd Marchant's hometown of Williamsville, NY created a piñata in honor of Marchant's playoff beard.
I mean, Kings fans... have you ever seen something as ridiculous as a piñata with the Stanley Cup?!?
Nice try to be "outdoorsy" Niedermayer brothers...
Let's forget for a second that Newell Brown was given a day with the Stanley Cup.
But if you are going to try to do a Field of Dreams motif with the Cup...
...then you gotta bring in a little bit of Hollywood.
Oh, Randy Carlyle...
what kind of a lame Head Coach wastes their day with the Cup hanging around horses?!?
Please don't hurt me, Mr. Sutter.
Hahahahahaha, oh Ilya Bryzgalov!
Like the Stanley Cup is supposed to be taken to some tiny Borat-esque foreign country. Get real!
Look at Chris Pronger... trying to act all Hollywood and hobnob with big stars like Carson Daly.
Because everyone, including Jordan Nolan, knows that
80s sitcom stars with congenital kidney disease is where it's at.
Well, now we know how Ryan Getzlaf lost his hair.
You call that a waterfall, Ryan Getzlaf? Now, THIS is a waterfall!
Ugh, George Parros.
Is there anything more inhumane than hunting innocent animals with the Stanley Cup?
Yes... hunting TWO of them!
As a veteran, Sean O'Donnell... you should know better than to share the Stanley Cup
with an overpaid LA Kings defenseman that Kings fans love to boo.
Oh... this is awkward.
Totally unrelated... but I never knew how big of a Dorf fan Sean O'Donnell was.
This sign was put up mainly because Travis Moen didn't know how to spell his name.
And this sign was put up mainly because this is the only word Kyle Clifford says during hockey games.
Have you ever seen a NHL defenseman pose so awkwardly with the Stanley Cup?
Oh, I guess you have.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere let man's best friend play with the Stanley Cup...
...and so did Jarret Stoll.
When Dustin Penner won the Cup in 2007, he decided to visit the CT Scan room
at the hospital where his mother worked since he had spent so much time there.
And when Dustin Penner won the Cup in 2012, he decided to take it to the
place where he'd be spending the most time during the 2013 regular season.
I know that I've been teasing how the Anaheim Ducks players spent their days with the Stanley Cup. But in all seriousness it was a Ducks player who was the one person to bring the Cup to the one place it will never be able to go...
Ryan Miller's hands.
Honestly, I wish that the Ducks and Kings players could put aside their rivalry for a few moments and really focus on what is important once your franchise has won the Stanley Cup...
Making fun of San Jose.
The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier and Jonathan Quick. If you like the hockey equivalent of dirty jokes or enjoy humorous screen-grabs of NHL players and broadcasters with funny captions... man, you are going to like The Royal Half. You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter at @TheRoyalHalf
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