Dwight King and LA Kings win Stanley Cup
by Sabine Gibbins
The King has been crowned – Dwight King, that is.
King, a member of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Los Angeles Kings, joined teammates in celebrating their Stanley Cup win on home ice June 11. The Kings downed the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the NHL finals.
It’s true every NHL player dreams of winning the Stanley Cup, but for this grinding forward, his time came earlier in his career than most.
Since early February, King has been the talk of the town in Meadow Lake. That’s when he was recalled from the club’s farm team, the Manchester Monarchs. Throughout the Kings’ playoff run, he registered five goals and three assists.
“Definitely, it was very exciting, and overwhelming all at once,” King said the day after winning the Cup. “It’s an awesome feeling. It all happened very quickly. For sure, being put in a prominent role on the team when it’s only been four months, and then winning the Cup, has been a great experience for me.”
He went on to say the memory of hoisting the Holy Grail of hockey into the air, hearing the screams of thousands of appreciative fans, and being part of L.A.’s first Stanley Cup victory in franchise history will surely last forever.
King’s parents, Dwayne and Donna King, as well as his brother, D.J. and his sisters, Danene and Dayna, joined King on the ice for the post-game celebration.
King said the game was a passionate one for everyone, including the fans.
“Emotions were running pretty high during the game,” he noted. “It’s great we played as well as we did, which brought it down to how great of an experience it was. It was great to be a part of something like this.”
Several of the L.A. Kings hockey club, including King, made an appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live June 12. The team then paraded down the streets of Hollywood with the Cup June 14.
According to Mel Parenteau, general manager for the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League’s Beardy’s Blackhawks, King always had the makings of an NHL player. King spent the 2004-2005 season with the team before moving on to the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes for four years.
He led Beardy’s in scoring, and never missed any of the 44 league games.
“That was his goal, to make it to the NHL,” Parenteau said. “At the end of every season, we ask the kids to write down what their goal is, and he wrote that he wanted to make it to the NHL.”
Parenteau also recalled getting to know the family, which he called very supportive of their sons’ hockey careers. Both D.J. and Dwight played for Beardy’s, but during separate seasons.
Brent Dubray, who coached King as a Peewee and bantam, said King’s vision was clear early on.
“The thing that stood out out to me about him was the effort he put into it,” he said. “He was a hardworking kid. He was always willing to do what it took to get to what he wanted to do. He’s a good kid. He will represent Meadow Lake very well.”
As for King, while he enjoys experiencing the different cities his career brings him to, he remains a Meadow Lake resident at heart, and said he is excited to come back for his family’s summer hockey camp, as well as bring the Cup to his hometown. Meanwhile, he will enter into contract negotiations with L.A. this summer, as he is just finishing his entry level deal.