LA Kings Radio Broadcaster Nick Nickson: “Hey! We’re The Stanley Cup Champions! How Good Is That?”

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: In the fourth installment of this series featuring the broadcasters of the Los Angeles Kings, radio play-by-play announcer Nick Nickson shares his thoughts about the Kings winning the Stanley Cup last June, and what it means to him.

LA Kings radio play-by-play announcer Nick Nickson, shown here during Tip-A-King 2011, at Sony Entertainment Studios in Culver City, California, on November 13, 2011.
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LOS ANGELES — While the National Hockey League owners and players are locked in yet another ridiculous, unnecessary labor squabble, subjecting their fans to the fourth work stoppage since 1992, the Stanley Cup is in the hands of those who are engraving 52 names from the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings onto it.

With some pre-season games already lost (through September 30), and the opening of training camps on hold as the two sides continue to do everything but negotiate seriously and work to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Los Angeles Kings have had a bit more time than most teams to bask in the limelight following their first Stanley Cup win in franchise history on June 11, 2012.

Indeed, many Kings employees, not just the players, coaches, trainers, equipment staff, management, and owners, have had an opportunity to have their own time with the Stanley Cup, not to mention the public events for fans and season ticket holders. Even better, the Stanley Cup will return Read more of this post


LA Kings: Stanley Cup Is A “Rock Star” That Everybody Has To Celebrate

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: Frozen Royalty attended the Stanley Cup party hosted by Los Angeles Kings video coordinator Bill Gurney and his wife, Tina Gustin-Gurney, on September 15. In addition to comments from Bill Gurney, the story includes extensive remarks from Mike Bolt, one of the Keepers of the Cup, and a photo essay.

LA Kings video coordinator Bill Gurney (left), along
with his wife, Tina (right), with the Stanley Cup
at their Westminster, California
home on September 14, 2012.
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WESTMINSTER, CA — On its final day in Southern California before heading to points east, winding its way into Toronto and Montreal before ending up at the engraver on September 22, the Stanley Cup made three stops on September 15, including a party held that evening by former Los Angeles Kings left wing and current radio color commentator Daryl Evans.

But its first stop was at the Westminster, California home of Kings Video Coordinator Bill Gurney and his wife, Tina Gustin-Gurney, who welcomed over 200 people to their home for the chance to take photographs with hockey’s version of the Holy Grail.

Family, friends, long-time Kings fans, some of Tina’s former students (she’s a teacher) and others, all got an opportunity with that majestic trophy.

“[You think about] all the people you’ve worked with over the years,” Bill said. “It’s been in the background for so long, and finally, we won it. Everybody’s got to celebrate that.”

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LA Kings’ Jim Fox: “Winning The Stanley Cup Overwhelms Everything Else”

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: Former Los Angeles Kings right wing and long-time television color commentator Jim Fox spoke to Frozen Royalty about his time with the Stanley Cup, what it means for the Kings, and the impact it has had on him. Third installment in a series.

Jim Fox, (far left, rear), shown here with (from left), Bob Miller, Tim Leiweke, Luc Robitaille, Nick Nickson, Daryl Evans, Dustin Brown, LA Kings mascot Bailey
(left), and a few of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ patients, on June 28, 2012.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As it has been for the players, coaches, management, and staff of the Los Angeles Kings, this summer has also been one celebration with the Stanley Cup after another for the team’s broadcasters, including television color commentator Jim Fox.

“It has been crazy, crazy, crazy,” Fox told Frozen Royalty during an exclusive interview. “Crazy-good, though. Everything has been great. Most everything has been around the Stanley Cup. I think I’ve had two days off since the beginning of the playoffs, but as I look back on it, it’s been tons of fun.” Read more of this post