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

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 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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