The Los Angeles Kings will have the maximum of 52 names etched on the Stanley Cup according to Rich Hammond, who printed the list on LA Kings Insider on Friday. Congratulations to all the men (and Nancy Anschutz) whose names will be engraved under the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions header.
Now … who didn't make the cut?
Keep in mind the usual standards for making the Cup are 41 regular-season games or one game in the Stanley Cup Final, but there can be exceptions.
Among the individuals that participated in the Kings' season but won't have their names on the Cup:
Trent Hunter, Forward: The ex-New York Islander signed with the Kings on Sept. 30, 2011, and played 20 games before being waived down to the AHL. He's currently an unrestricted free agent.
Andrei Loktionov, Forward: A bit surprising. He appeared in 39 regular-season games and two playoff games for the Kings, having been with the organization since 2008. He's currently playing for Severstal Cherepovets of the KHL, which is a little awkward since he's not actually locked out by the NHL. He was assigned to Manchester of the AHL; instead he's in Russia. And, perhaps not coincidentally, he won't be on the Cup.
Ethan Moreau, Forward: He played 28 games in the regular season for the Kings, scoring four points. His last game was Dec. 8, 2011; he was waived and sent down to the AHL, but he didn't report. He's now retired and a scout for the Montreal Canadiens.
Terry Murray, Coach: Perhaps the most controversial omission. Kings governor Tim Leiweke told ESPN LA that the team was lobbying to have Murray's name engraved on the Cup. "To me, we're not here without Terry," he said. He coached the Kings for 275 games over four season and made the playoffs twice. But due to the numbers crunch, he'll receive a ring but not have his name on the Cup.
Scott Parse, Forward: The first University of Nebraska-Omaha product to ever win the Cup, Parse was limited to just nine games this season due a hip injury. He put on a sweater and hoisted the Cup after Game 6. He's currently an unrestricted free agent.
Ed Roski Jr., Co-Owner: As noted by Helene Elliott of the LA Times, Roski's name is not on the Cup despite being listed as an owner in the playoff guide and having bought the Kings out of bankruptcy with Anschutz back in 1995. Keep in mind that AEG was recently put up for sale.
Also, Jack Johnson isn't on the Cup. But you sorta had to figure that.
Only two three players who didn't see action in the playoffs have their names on the Cup: Jonathan Bernier, who dressed as a backup to Jonathan Quick throughout the run but didn't play; and defenseman Davis Drewiske, who played 9 games last season, was a frequent healthy scratch, but brought the Cup to Jack Jablonski this summer, which was really awesome. (UPDATE: Thanks to reader Tony Bova for reminding us that bruiser Kevin Westgarth played 25 games in the regular season, didn't appear in the playoffs but will get his name on the Cup.)
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