WESTMINSTER, CA — One of the great things about the Stanley Cup, perhaps the greatest thing, is that hockey’s version of the Holy Grail is shared. Players, coaches, trainers, equipment staff, team executives, owners—they all get to spend quality time with the Stanley Cup before the start of the next National Hockey League season.
What many may not be aware of is that many Stanley Cup-winning teams give some of their staff who fans never see or hear about their time with the Stanley Cup as well, and that includes the Los Angeles Kings.
One such Kings staffer is video coordinator Bill Gurney, who has worked for the team for 36 years, dating back to when the Kings played at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Gurney, and his wife, Tina, celebrated with the Stanley Cup and about 200 others at their home in September 2012, after the Kings won their first Stanley Cup Championship in what was then their 45-year history. They did so again on September 28, 2014, celebrating the team’s second Stanley Cup Championship in the last three seasons.
For more on Bill, stories about his time with the Kings, comments from one of the Keepers of the Cup, Mike Bolt, and photos from the 2012 celebration, check out: LA Kings: Stanley Cup Is A “Rock Star” That Everybody Has To Celebrate.
This time, Bill and Tina invited Frozen Royalty to be present when the Stanley Cup arrived, well before everyone else was scheduled to arrive. You can see the effect that the most revered trophy in sports has on the person who gets to spend time with it when they first get to see it, along with some lighter moments, in a short video below. There are also 159 photos from the event by photographer David Sheehan for you to view.
Stanley Cup Arrival, Bill Gurney and Tina Gustin-Gurney, September 28, 2014
Bill Gurney and Tina Gustin-Gurney’s Stanley Cup Party, September 28, 2014
© 2014 David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net. All rights reserved. Duplication/reproduction/distribution prohibited without explicit permission.
159 photos; click on any photo to view a larger image and to click through the gallery.
Frozen Royalty by Gann Matsuda is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. You may copy, distribute and/or transmit any story or audio content published on this site under the terms of this license, but only if proper attribution is indicated. The full name of the author and a link back to the original article on this site are required. Photographs, graphic images, and other content not specified are subject to additional restrictions. Additional information is available at: Frozen Royalty – Licensing and Copyright Information.