2012 Stanley Cup Finals: The Ex-Chicago Blackhawks Factor for L.A. Kings

May 26th, 2012 by Jon Fromi Leave a reply »
The Chicago Blackhawks may not be one of the two teams facing off in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. However, 'Hawks fans can find some familiar faces to pull for on the Los Angeles Kings.

You can start right at the top, where Darryl Sutter has taken his second team to the finals.

Sutter was last part of a deep playoff run with Calgary, who he coached to the 2003-04 Western Conference championship. The Flames lost in seven games to Tampa Bay.

Sutter was both coach and GM of the Flames at that point, stepping down from his coaching duties in 2005 the running the team from the top until his resignation in December of 2010. Sutter took over a struggling Kings club almost a year later, guiding Los Angeles to a 25-13-11 mark to grab the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

This set up the Kings dominant run through the playoffs, during which they knocked off the first-, second- and third-seeded teams. Los Angels went 12-2 in dispatching Vancouver, St. Louis and Phoenix to reach the finals.

Fans of the Blackhawks in the '80s and early '90s may find Sutter's visage to be quite familiar. The hair is grey, but the stare ta ...

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