Go Kings Go!

If you have been living under a rock you might not know that the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup on Monday night. It was a very exciting time.

I would not describe myself as a rabid hockey fan. The rink where I took figure skating lessons when I was in elementary school in Los Angeles was also the Kings’ practice rink.  I enjoyed going to games when I was in high school, especially the state finals (Go Zephyrs!).

When I moved to Canada I knew it would be important to be versed in hockey. I was fortunate that I attended those games in high school and watched the occasional NCAA game (the University of Minnesota usually has a competitive team). It did not take long before I was asked who I preferred, the Toronto Maple Leafs or the Montreal Canadiens. I was (somehow) able to stay neutral in this. Nevertheless, I realized I needed to be versed in hockey. I regularly checked the scores and the rankings so I might have a clue what was happening.

I offered words of care and concern to those die-hard Leafs fans who have not won a championship since 1967. Though they are not what I might call a successful team, the Leafs have one of the most loyal base of fans in professional sports. Most of their fans will never get an opportunity to see a live game. Tickets are that hard to come by. I am truly a lucky person because I got to go to a Leafs game. It was lots of fun (though they lost). It will remain one of the many highlights of my time in Canada.

That being said I do not know if it is a coincidence, sign or portent that the Kings, a team that never won the Stanley Cup, win the year I move back to Los Angeles. I went to two Kings games this season and watched as many games as I could of the road to the final. I sat on the edge of my seat and cheered voraciously as the Kings skated victoriously.

No one can know what next season will bring. For now, Go Kings Go!

About rabbisteinman

I am a rabbi living in North America. I was ordained from HUC-JIR. This is my blog.
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