Sean Leahy

  • How Staples Center ice found its way to LA Kings' three road Game 7s

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago

    Everyone knows the story of the 2002 Olympics and the “lucky loonie”. 

    Trent Evans, an icemaker who used to work for the Edmonton Oilers, was hired to work the Games in Salt Lake City. In order to mark the center spot in the E Center, he used a loonie; and when the Canadian men’s and women’s hockey teams went on to win gold, the legend of the “lucky loonie” was born.

    So, if a Canadian dollar can have special powers, can some melted rink ice do the same trick? It worked for Nathan Horton in 2011. On Monday, we learned it also worked for the Los Angeles Kings.

    Joe Loughlin is the Event Crew Supervisor at Staples Center. Before each of the Kings' three Game 7s against the Sharks, Ducks and Blackhawks, he made sure, with a bit of anonymous help, that melted ice from LA's home rink was sprayed onto the surfaces of SAP Center, Honda Center and United Center.

    While he was able to pull off the move by himself while traveling with the team to San Jose and Anaheim, he almost was unable to complete the trifecta for the do-or-die game in Chicago.

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  • IIHF grants Korean hockey teams automatic entry into 2018 Olympics

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 days ago

    When PyeongChang, South Korea hosts the 2018 Winter Olympics, their men's and women's hockey team will be able to ice teams in their respective hockey tournaments after the IIHF granted the country automatic entries.

    Last April, the IIHF expressed to the Korea Ice Hockey Association their desire to see the country make "progress in performance." That progress, at least on the men's side, meant seeing the team rise to 18th in the IIHF world rankings, a tall task after recently being relegated to Group B in the Division I World Championships.

    The IIHF Congress decided on Friday that the Olympic hosts should be able to participate after the KIHA presented a four-year development plan that will see $20 million invested into the national team program.

    From the IIHF:

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