LOS ANGELES -- With the Stanley Cup and Clarence S. Campbell Bowl sitting below a giant 70-foot screen and nearly 700 fans, the Los Angeles Kings premiered their official Stanley Cup Champions DVD on Monday night at the Regal Cinema in L.A. Live.
Walking down a press line at the theater normally held for Hollywood movie premieres, Kings defenseman Matt Greene smiled at the thought of seeing his formerly bearded mug on the silver screen for the first time. “This is my first feature length film,” he said. “It’ll be exciting. I was in acting class, but I never made the cut.”
The DVD, which comes out on Tuesday, traces the Kings’ journey to the Stanley Cup all the way back to 1967, when they were being assembled as an expansion franchise and the Forum in Inglewood was under construction. It highlights the Kings’ trade for Wayne Gretzky in 1988 and the team’s Stanley Cup Finals run in 1993, when they lost to the Montreal Canadiens. The film then transitions into the rebuilding of the Kings with the drafting of Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Quick and Drew Doughty.
“Touching on the history of the franchise is key,” said Luc Robitaille, the Kings’ president of business operations and Hall of Fame former left winger for the team. “They did a great job. We were so busy when we won, we didn’t really get a chance to enjoy that moment. So today it will be great to see it again and the reaction from our fans.”
As the film chronicled the Kings’ roller coaster 2011-2012 season leading up to their unpredictable and unprecedented postseason run, the theater crowd cheered after every big goal as if the team's followers were across the street at Staples Center again.
“We were so focused and our mind was so straight forward during the playoffs that you miss some things,” said Kings center Jarret Stoll, who, along with Greene, carried the Stanley Cup to the front of the theater before the premiere. “So it’s great to see it again.”
Everyone in the theater knew how the film would play out, but it was a finale they didn’t mind seeing again.
“I knew the ending,” Robitaille said. “But I never get tired of it.”