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Former Kings exec: Los Angeles 'not a hockey town'

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11:07 AM ET 06.15 | Former Kings governor Tim Leiweke had a relationship with the team that was stormy at times and typhoon-like on occasion. All seemed forgiven last June when the team won the Stanley Cup. It took only a year for Leiweke to spend that goodwill. Leiweke, now the president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, incurred the ire of Kings fans last week after an interview on Leafs TV. He was asked about his experience during the Maple Leafs' "breakthrough spring" and his impressions of "the passion of Leaf Nation as they came out in support of the Blue and White." Said Leiweke: "We didn't see that in L.A., and we won the Stanley Cup. We finally saw it at the end. It took us getting to the finals in order to awaken that town. It's not a hockey town."

Los Angeles Times

Tim Leiweke, Antonio Banderas, Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images Tim Leiweke, Antonio Banderas, Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images
June 15, 2013  11:10 AM ET

Los Angeles Is A Laker Town, Bro.

June 15, 2013  11:10 AM ET

Well duh Timmy. Everybody knows To***to is "The Center of the Universe" , hockey or otherwise.

June 15, 2013  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Los Angeles Is A Laker Town, Bro.



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June 15, 2013  11:17 AM ET

This is shocking. The Kings are not the top choice in LA. What does it matter anyway. That team is good, does the rest matter?

June 15, 2013  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Los Angeles Is A Laker Town, Bro.

No, it's a Football town, Oh ......Dammit

June 15, 2013  11:32 AM ET

Its certainly not the hockey town like say Phoenix or Fort Lauderdale is.

June 15, 2013  11:39 AM ET

When 1967 is the last time Toronto won the Cup, one should speak softly.

June 15, 2013  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

No, it's a Football town, Oh ......Dammit

I couldn't believe it (still) when the Rams left.

June 15, 2013  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Its certainly not the hockey town like say Phoenix or Fort Lauderdale is.

Fans have a dozen hats in their closet, they just pick out the hat of a leading team and proudly wear it ;)

June 15, 2013  11:54 AM ET

Los Angeles is a me town.

June 15, 2013  12:15 PM ET

Not a baseball town either - regardless of what Josh Hamilton might have believed.

June 15, 2013  12:28 PM ET

L.A. is my lady.

Posthumously,
Frank Sinatra.

June 15, 2013  03:47 PM ET

"It took us getting to the finals in order to awaken that town. It's not a hockey town."

No city in the sun with surfing and beaches loaded with scantily clad babes will ever be a true hockey town. I don't see why Angelinos noses are getting out of joint over this.

June 15, 2013  04:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Not a baseball town either - regardless of what Josh Hamilton might have believed.

Angels don't play in LA no matter what they call themselves.

June 15, 2013  04:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Angels don't play in LA no matter what they call themselves.

40 minutes away. Close enough for marketing purposes...

June 15, 2013  04:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

40 minutes away. Close enough for marketing purposes...

Should have just went back to Calling themselves The California Angels.

June 15, 2013  04:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Should have just went back to Calling themselves The California Angels.

I do agree with this.

June 15, 2013  05:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Los Angeles Is A Laker Town, Bro.

They lost and we are reading what kind of town it isn't?

June 15, 2013  05:41 PM ET

Still not true, so marketing untruth? Where is it located precisely, as its not worthy of looking up.

 
June 15, 2013  05:42 PM ET
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"It took us getting to the finals in order to awaken that town. It's not a hockey town."No city in the sun with surfing and beaches loaded with scantily clad babes will ever be a true hockey town. I don't see why Angelinos noses are getting out of joint over this.

It's an actors town, as everyone there is on script I hear. Lol

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