Columnist Rich Hammond did a little compare/contrast bit on how the Los Angeles Kings’ engravings compare to those of the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks.
Most of the numbers are more or less the same (the Kings weighed in with the most players at 24), aside from a curious lack of scouts (two) engraved for the Blackhawks.*
Here’s the Kings’ engraving via Hammond by way of their Twitter page, in case you want to study it/make it your desktop background:
Hammond pointed out some of the stranger entries:
Each team has its share of “Who’s that?” names. The Kings included Phil Anschutz’s wife and AEG’s general counsel. The Bruins included owner Jeremy Jacobs’ wife and three children. The Blackhawks included their team doctor and massage therapist. The suggestion that the Kings stacked their list with “suits” doesn’t really hold water, particularly when some of those suggestions designate scouts and equipment guys as “suits.” The equipment guys, in particular, would find that hysterical.
One name that some especially rabid Kings fan might find missing is forward Andrei Loktionov. Hammond discusses the reasoning for his absence:
Personally, I would have tried to petition for him, but it’s true that his chances wouldn’t have been good. In 2010-11, Steven Kampfer played 38 regular-season games for Boston (one fewer than Loktionov last season). The Bruins petitioned the league to include him and they were denied. The Kings were able to petition to get the names of Davis Drewiske and Kevin Westgarth on the Cup, because they were a part of the team for the entire season. That makes sense to me. By being around the team all year, by working during (and long after) practices and by being supportive, popular teammates, they did more to assist the team than Loktionov.
Tough break for Kampfer, though.
* Perhaps that has something to do with Dale Tallon’s departure the previous summer?