Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are drinking (yes, literally) from the Stanley Cup right now. They are champions, after the L.A. Kings beat the New Jersey Devils, 6-1, Monday night for the right to parade around the rink and hoist Lord Stanley. It marked the first NHL title in the 45-year history of the Los Angeles Kings hockey franchise.
The two former Flyers were major contributors in the Kings’ Cup run. In the Game 6 series finale, Carter scored two goals, with Richards adding two assists. Another former Flyers, Simon Gagne, was one of the first to hoist the trophy after an impressive 6-1 win, and Justin Williams got two shots on goal. Goaltender Jonathan Quick won the Conn-Smythe, which is given to the playoff MVP.
Of course, there are other Flyers connections on this team. Ron Hextall serves as the Kings’ vice-president and assistant GM, and John Stevens is an assistant coach.