Perhaps the Bruce Springsteen song My Hometown should have been playing in the background, the way Dean Lombardi was talking recently about his day with the Stanley Cup in Ludlow, Mass.
There will be more Stanley Cup memories when the Kings visit the White House later this season. AEGs Tim Leiweke said that a visit has been tentatively scheduled and that the Kings and the MLS champion Galaxy will go on the same day.
In the meantime, Thursdays kickoff event for the Kings at Staples Center was an interesting combination of looking forward as well as reliving their Stanley Cup run and the summer-long celebration.
The Kings general manager, Lombardi, of course, is already nervous about the preparations for the lockout-shortened season. Coach Darryl Sutter has been doing his lockout historical research and is mulling how to best get ready for a noon start on Jan. 19.
Im pacing now, Lombardi said.
But he did take some time to reflect about his special day with the Cup in Ludlow.