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West Coast Fever…

June 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

Since the Phoenix coyotes were eliminated 4-1 in the NHL Western Conference Finals, and having just returned from Indianapolis via Newark, NJ, I found it somewhat bemusing to learn that the LA Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter had previous ties to Indy… Having led their minor league Hockey team the Indianapolis Ice to victory in the International Hockey League’s (IHL) Turner Cup in 1990 with a record of 43-21-8 - which reportedly launched his National Hockey League coaching career.

Interestingly, Darryl is one of seven Sutter brothers, with six having played in the NHL - which is gotta be some sort of record.

Sutter, who’s a farmer in a small town with a population of 1,200 in Viking, Alberta with nearly 300-head of cattle was expecting to be planting crops on his farm at this time before being called up to turn around the then lackluster LA Kings in late December, after Kings GM Dean Lombardi fired Terry Murray. As Lombardi had previously been Darryl’s boss at San Jose before firing him ten years ago.

Sutter who played his entire NHL career as a Left Winger for the Chicago Blackhawks won the aforementioned Turner Cup before taking his three previous NHL teams he’d coached: the very same Blackhawks he’d played for, the San Jose Sharks and the Calgary Flames to the playoffs; taking the Flames all the way to the Stanley Cup in 2004 before losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

And adding to his workload in Calgary, Darryl was not only their head coach but also the General Manager before resigning as coach in ‘06 - due to the strain of both jobs being too much - yet ironically hiring his brother Brett to become the Flames coach…

And after having told his team’s players to strap their feedbag’s on, remarkably the No. 8 seeded Kings are leading the Stanley cup playoffs 1-0 after winning their ninth game on the road 2-1 in overtime, as the 9-0 road record is an NHL record. With the Kings not having been to the Stanley Cup finals since 1993 with some Dude called The Great One, aka Wayne Gretzky - while the franchise has never won a Stanley Cup in its 45-year existence…

Yet so far Los Angeles has serenely knocked off the No. 1 seeded Vancouver Canucks, the number-two St Louis Blues and the No. 3 Phoenix Coyotes with an impressive 13-2 record en route to facing off against the New Jersey Devils for the vaunted Stanley Cup “Mug.”

As can’t you already picture Sutter driving his farm tractor with Lord Stanley’s Mug on the hood whilst tilling his crops? Uhm? Just don’t pull a Michael Ryder with it Daryl! Y’all know when the Grand Madame (Stanley Cup) trophy toppled over from a table whilst on public display in the ex-Boston Bruins home town of Nova Scotia…

GO KINGS!

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