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The L.A. Kings have been taking the Stanley Cup to every golf course that will have them this summer

By Sam Weinman

Hockey players have a curious relationship with golf. On the one hand, it is a preferred offseason pastime for NHLers -- a competitive outlet that does not involve routinely stitching up your forehead. On the other, it is also the fallback insult when referencing the disappointing end to a hockey season. As in, "Time to get out the golf clubs, losers!" (No one said hockey fans were especially clever.)

For instance, check out this photo NHL veteran Brad Richards (second from left) posted of his recent golf trip to Scotland. Along with Richards (and Fredrik Modin and Tim Taylor) that's Martin St. Louis on the far right. Both players were part of the New York Rangers' unsuccessful run to the Stanley Cup Finals this year, and both have that look that says, "This would be a lot more fun if we actually won the Cup."

And it's true: golf with the Stanley Cup IS a lot more fun. How do we know? Because members of the team that beat the Rangers in the finals, the L.A. Kings, have been escorting the Cup to seemingly every golf course in North America this summer, and looking quite smug in the process (I'm a Rangers fan. Do I sound bitter? OK, I'm a little bitter).

For starters, here's star defenseman Drew Doughty at London (Ont.) Golf Club.


And there's defenseman Jake Muzzin.




Followed by equipment manager (!) Darren Granger.


And lastly, there's Jarret Stoll, the plucky two-way center for the Kings who not only has the great fortune of being broadcaster Erin Andrews' boyfriend, but who also recently took the Cup home to his native Saskatchewan.


Here he is with his new best friend resting comfortably on the cart.





And there's Stanley giving Jarret a little help with a read on the greens.
 

"I'd favor the right side, but don't give away the cup." 

Get it? Cup?

Sorry. This is all still a little too raw for me.

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