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TonySCV 06-02-2012 11:24 AM

Bernie Nicholls is the Happiest King
 
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-...43,full.column

How bad did he want to work here? He spent the first two months working for free.

"I was a King once, I wanted to be a King again, it was all fine," he said.

How bad did he want to stay here? He has lived in a hotel near the team's El Segundo training facility since Jan. 3, checking out when the team is the on the road, checking back in when they return.

How much does he appreciate it here? When the Kings won their second-round series against St. Louis, Nicholls ran downstairs from his press box seat, stood on the bench, and called his daughter. When they won the conference title against Phoenix, he posed for a photo with the trophy and sent it to everyone he knew.

Then, on Wednesday night, when Anze Kopitar scored the overtime goal to give the Kings a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils in the opener of the Stanley Cup Final, Nicholls ran down a tunnel and excitedly called his mother.

Can you blame him? Not once in his 19-year playing career did he reach this final series. Not once has he dared to touch, or even walk near, the actual Stanley Cup, because he felt he never deserved it.

For the Happiest King, the second half of his season has been second lease on a Kings life that was never this glittering. Call it payback for those nine years of struggling in front of 10,000 Forum diehards, for those nights when he felt nobody few people he even existed.

"When longtime Kings fans say that what's happening is a like a dream, I understand," Nicholls said. "I've been there. I felt it. I can't believe what's going on now."

"I thought I could help out a team I loved," said Nicholls, 50. "Who would have thought it would turn into this?"

Knight of the Realm 06-02-2012 11:48 AM

Love Bernie, always will be one of my favorite all time Kings.

Nefarious 06-02-2012 02:06 PM

Awesomeness!

Telos 06-02-2012 02:06 PM

Fire Kompon, hire Bernie.

Ziggy Stardust 06-02-2012 03:35 PM

I want to see Bernie don his #9 sweater and skate down the ice doing the pumper-nichol when the Kings win the Cup.

Puck U 06-02-2012 03:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ziggy Stardust (Post 50429093)
I want to see Bernie don his #9 sweater and skate down the ice doing the pumper-nichol when the Kings win the Cup.

Actaully ... not that they WOULD do it, because they didn't earn it themselves, I get that, BUT ... IF the Kings won it on HOME ice, how cool would it be to see some of the Kings Alumni don their sweaters and skate around with the Cup at the end too ? I'd cry like a little baby seeing Luc skate around Staples with the Cup over head in a Kings jersey, or Dionne, or Taylor, etc. :cry:

Ron 06-02-2012 04:11 PM

Do the Pumper-Nichol, Bernie! Yeaaaaahhhhh!!

Ziggy Stardust 06-02-2012 04:21 PM

Can't have a thread about Bernie Nicholls without any videos of his goals.



Now here's a powerplay for you: Gretzky and Duchesne up top with Nicholls and Robitaille down low. Oh and Petr Prajsler as well ;)

onlyalad 06-02-2012 05:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Telos (Post 50426529)
Fire Kompon, hire Bernie.

John Stevens has taken over the PP un the playoffs and the % has gone down

damacles1156 06-02-2012 05:44 PM

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Originally Posted by onlyalad (Post 50432499)
John Stevens has taken over the PP un the playoffs and the % has gone down

Said it about 100 times now, Kompon has not coached the PP since Sutter got here(I would imagine).

Sutter/Stevens/Bernie working the PP drills (that is what I thought)

No idea why everyone keeps thinking Kompon does anything.

The Guy is mostly Video/Coffee.

Kompon breaks down Video for Forwards/D men.

One thing I have noticed in the playoff's. No one has a good PP this year. Unless you have a world class Puck mover/Handler (Dats,Giroux) it's too hard to beak down teams D/Box.


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