Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 11/9/14

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 21: Willie Mitchell of the Los Angeles Kings skates with the puck during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on October 21, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Kings 4-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

As I am sure everyone knows, last night the Kings won their first Stanley Cup championship in their 45 years history. Many people have waited their entire lives for this, and here are the biggest winners of them all.

Bob Miller: Bob Miller has been the announcer for the Los Angeles Kings since 1973. Miller understands better than anyone of the hardships the Kings have faced ever since they joined the league. His legendary voice and terrific play calling has earned him a spot in the NHL Hall of Fame, and those that know him have seen that he is an even better man. When asked if he would retire because the Kings won the Cup (he has been contemplating retirement) Miller responded saying, are you kidding? I get to open every broadcast next year saying your Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.

Willie Mitchell: At 35 years old, Mitchell has been around the league for a long, long time. Mitchell was selected to the Devils in 1996, and was never fortunate enough to win a cup until this year. When you think of a seasoned veteran, Willie Mitchell is the perfect example. He is known for sacrificing his body and doing whatever it takes to get the win, making him one of the best teammates and most valuable defenseman to have in the league.

Darryl Sutter: Sutter comes from arguably the best hockey family of all time, with all of his brothers being heavily involved in the sport. His brothers’ names have all appeared on the Cup, but Sutter never won Lord Stanley’s Cup despite playing from 1979-1987 and coaching from 1992-2006. After the Kings began struggling midseason, Sutter received a call from long time friend Dean Lombardi, who is the General Manager of the Kings. Sutter claims to have been “shoveling ******* on his farm when Lombardi offered him the position. Five short months later and Sutter revived the Kings, leading them to their first cup.

Mike Richards and Jeff Carter: Last season, Richards and Carter were both members of the Philadelphia Flyers as the captain and assistant captain. For some reason, the Flyers did not think they could win the cup with these two in leadership positions. As a result, they dealt Richards to the Kings and Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Trading away your captain and assistant captain is a huge sign of disrespect, especially after it became public knowledge that both the Flyers’ coach and General Manager did not think Richards and Carter had what it took to win the cup. I’m hoping Richards and Carter bring the cup down to the beach and take a nice picture together with it hoisted high over the heads and send it over to the offices in Philadelphia.

-Langer

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