Kings' Stanley Cup Win Named Top Local Sports Moment of 2014
LOS ANGELES (March 15, 2015) -- The Los Angeles Kings winning the Stanley Cup was named the greatest moment of 2014 at the 10th Annual LA Sports Awards, presented by Coca-Cola, held tonight at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.
By defeating the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime of Game 5 at Staples Center on June 13, the Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years. The Cup-clinching goal was scored by Alec Martinez. The Kings had an unprecedented run to the title by remarkably winning three Game 7s on the road and an incredible seven straight elimination games during the playoffs.
The LA Sports Awards are produced annually by the Los Angeles Sports Council to celebrate the greatest moments of the year in the Los Angeles/Orange County area.
In other award presentations, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Angels outfielder Mike Trout were honored as 2014 Sportsmen of the Year and U.S. figure skating champion Gracie Gold was named the Sportswoman of the Year. Clippers coach Doc Rivers received the Coach of the Year award and Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi was the recipient of the Sports Executive of the Year.
A special Fox Sports West High School Sports Award was presented to former Santiago High football player Jordan Walker.
During the festivities, the overall Top 10 moments of 2014 -- as selected by an 11-member blue-ribbon Media Panel combined with the results of online fan voting -- were revealed in ranked order. They are:
1. Kings Win Stanley Cup -By defeating the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime of Game 5 at Staples Center, the Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years by winning a remarkable seven straight elimination games during the playoffs (June 13).
2. Clayton Kershaw Wins National League Cy Young and MVP Awards -With a won-loss record of 21-3, including a June 18 no-hitter against the Rockies, and an ERA of 1.77-the lowest in baseball in 14 years-Kershaw was a unanimous selection as NL Cy Young Award winner as well as the first pitcher to win the NL MVP Award since 1968 (November 12 and 13).
3. California Chrome Wins Kentucky Derby and Preakness -Local favorite California Chrome (he trained at Los Alamitos) won the first two legs of horse racing's Triple Crown under jockey Victor Espinoza and might have won the third had he not suffered a heel injury at the start of the Belmont Stakes (May 3 and 17).
4. Landon Donovan Sets MLS Scoring Record, Wins All-Star Honors and Retires as a Champion -In a final season befitting his stature as the greatest-ever American soccer player, Donovan set the MLS scoring record by notching his 135th career goal, was named the MVP of the MLS All-Star Game after scoring the winning goal against Bayern Munich, and ending his playing career by helping the Galaxy defeat New England to win the MLS Cup (May 25, August 6 and December 7).
5. Gracie Gold Wins U.S. National Figure Skating Title, followed by Olympic Bronze in Sochi -In Boston, Gold's first national championship title propelled her to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, where she clinched a bronze medal for the USA in the team event by nailing all 11 of the jumps in her long program (January 11 and February 9).
6. Galaxy Win MLS Cup -The Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution in extra time, 2-1, to earn their third Major League Soccer championship in the last four years and fifth all-time, at StubHub Center (December 7).
7. Steve Ballmer Buys the Clippers -Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer purchased the Clippers from Shelly Sterling for $2 billion, one of the highest prices ever paid for a North American professional sports franchise (August 12).
8. Ducks, Kings Face Off at Dodger Stadium in L.A.'s First-Ever Outdoor Hockey Game -The participating teams walked between the palm trees and through the Dodger Stadium outfield to get to the rink as the Ducks defeated the Kings, 3-0, as part of the NHL's Stadium Series (January 25).
9. Mike Trout Wins American League MVP Award -In combining offensive firepower (36 home runs; leading the league in runs scored and runs batted in) and spectacular defense, the 23-year-old Trout was a unanimous choice as AL MVP and is the third Angel to ever win the award (Don Baylor and Vladimir Guerrero are the others) (November 13).
10. Kobe Bryant, Passing Michael Jordan, Becomes 3 rd Leading Scorer in NBA History -With a pair of free throws against the Timberwolves at Minnesota, Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the all-time NBA scoring list with 32,293 points, trailing only Karl Malone and all-time leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (December 14).
Fox Sports Prime Ticket will televise the star-studded awards show on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 pm PST, with multiple airings to follow.
A "moment" can be a specific instant in time (a winning goal, hit or shot), an individual or team milestone, an upset victory, a remarkable game or series of games, a special event or a career achievement. Nominated moments must have taken place in the local area or have involved a local athlete or team.
The L.A. Sports Council is a non-profit organization and will utilize the event's proceeds to further its mission of promoting economic development through sports in Southern California. F or further information, please visit the Sports Council website at www.lasports.org .
Media Contact: Mark Meyers (714) 318-2332