The Los Angeles Kings are your 2013-14 Stanley Cup champions. The season is over.
Don't cry for its end. Cry, instead, because it means we've come to the final Hockey Hugs of the year (save for our annual countdown of the season's 10 best hugs). It'll be four months before we get any fresh hugs, and if you've been watching Orange is the New Black, you know that a pretty long time to go without.
Fortunately, the series ends strong, thanks to some high-end hugging from the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers in the Final.
Also one quality kiss, as Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams once again demonstrate the chemistry that led the Kings to their second championship in three years.
But you didn't come here to see two dudes kissing. (Or maybe you did. If so, I'd say you've been misinformed.) You came to see the best dude-hugs hockey has to offer. And we've got 'em.
No. 6: Los Angeles Kings
Dwight King and Jeff Carter celebrate a goal, and also provide a nice contrast of smiles.
"Check it out, Jeff! I have all my teeth!"
"That's because it's hard to lose teeth on the bench."
"Ha ha ha I hate you so much!"
"One day I will kill you!"
No. 5. New York Rangers
Benoit Pouliot gets really excited for the arrival of Derick Brassard.
"Yessss we scored and -- OH DUDE DERICK BRASSARD IS COMING OVER HERE DON'T LOOK DON'T LOOK."
Impressive collection of Home Alone faces in the stands. "KEVIN!!!!!!!"
No. 4. Los Angeles Kings
"He scored! We can take our helmets off!!"
"Shake your hair! Shake it around!"
"Oh my god my scalp can finally breathe!"
"There is no greater feeling than this!"
"Say, who are you?"
"I thought your name was Ben."
No. 3. Los Angeles Kings
After singing lullabies and telling bedtime stories for hours, Henrik Lundqvist finally goes to sleep.
"He's out! We did it."
"Ssssh celebrate quietly. We don't want to wake him."
"He's so peaceful."
Also please note that Tyler Toffoli totally left his skates on that hug. Hope the Department of Embracing Safely is watching.
No. 2. Los Angeles Kings
Drew Doughty is mad about something.
"He called me Drew Doughy. That's the thing I'm sensitive about!"
"Aw, c'mon you, let me wrap my arms around ... uh ... around ... well, sometimes there are elements of truth in cruel mockery."
No. 1. Los Angeles Kings
Jonathan Quick and Dustin Brown have a moment.
"You may only have one tooth, Dustin. But it's the tooth of a great leader."
"Thatsh shweet of you to shay."
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