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2012 Stanley Cup Poetry: The Local Hockey Team Made Good

The Los Angeles Kings winning the 2012 Stanley Cup, the first championship in the 45-year history of the franchise, still has fans celebrating more than two weeks later. One fan, young Kai Jacinto, of Culver City, California, was so inspired, he wrote the following poem…


Kai Jacinto, (right), shown here with his proud mother,
Ave Jacinto, and younger brother, Keianu.
Photo courtesy Ave Jacinto

by Kai Jacinto

The Kings were the unlikely winners of the 2012 Stanley Cup
Seeded eighth going into the playoffs and kept moving on up.

They were underdogs in the first round against Vancouver
But they shut them down in five games with amazing maneuvers.

Sweeping the Blues brought the Kings much attention
Never in 45 years have they had so much possible championship mentions.

Then came the Coyotes, checking hard and howling at every face-off
But the silver and black skated with no fear and never backed off.

LA’s royalty on ice had time to rest until the championship game
But Coach Sutter made sure the players did not celebrate and enjoy the fame.

He made them practice harder, and stronger, and be mentally prepared
Winning the Stanley Cup was in their sights and it was all they cared.

Next came the Devils who quickly lost Games 1, 2 and 3
But the Kings gave up the next two games, it was nervous time for me.

There was no doubt though the silver and black would prevail
They came home to LA and got the championship without fail.

With players like Kopitar, Carter, and captain Dustin Brown
The Kings were definitely deserving of the coveted crown.

Let’s not forget the guy who kept cool even when things got thick
The winner of the Conn Smythe MVP Trophy, goalie, Jonathan Quick.

My Mom said the Kings used to practice at the Culver rink in our ’hood
Who would’ve thought the once local hockey team would make good?

The Kings not only made good, they won the championship with flair
Mom says they now can shave their beards and not look like bears.

With past Hall of Famers like Dionne, Gretzky, and Robitaille in the Kings’ roster history
Just thinking how this is the team’s very first Stanley Cup remains a mystery.

Los Angeles has their hockey champions and sports fans have another chant to sing
Not just Let’s Go Lakers or Let’s Go Dodgers, but also…

Let’s Go Kings!


Kings fan and poet Kai Jacinto, 12, is a student at Culver City Middle School, Culver City, California.


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3 Responses to 2012 Stanley Cup Poetry: The Local Hockey Team Made Good

  1. David Mead says:

    This Kid deserves behind Kings Bench tickets for home opener. Kids like this is what its all about! Kings#1

  2. Mandy Herndon says:

    I know quite a few adults, myself included, who could never dream of writing such a fabulous poem! I hope the Kings catch wind of this and reward Kai for his creativity. I loved that he mentioned every round, and the part about “not looking like bears” made me laugh! Well done!

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