San Jose Sharks and LA Kings Rivalry

NHL Fun: San Jose Sharks History

Part of what makes sports popular is the rivalries and the stories it produces for fans. Ever wonder why fans keep coming back for more despite the losses and shortcomings of their favorite teams? Chances are there’s a story they’re following and most likely, it’s a story they’re so emotionally invested in that it’s difficult to just walk away or turn off the TV.

If you read my blog, you’ll know that I’m passionate about the Golden State Warriors, but my love for sports goes beyond basketball. In the NHL, I’m a true blue San Jose Sharks fan and one particularly story I follow in the league is our rivalry against the LA Kings. The other rivalry we have is against the Anaheim Ducks, but I guess I just find the geographical rivalry against the LA Kings more exciting.

There’s no other way to describe it other than we just hate each other. In all seriousness, though, the rivalry stems from the fact that we’ve faced the LA Kings in the postseason more than any other team in the last few years. I guess the fans themselves are also a big reason why the rivalry between the two teams has blown up to the proportions we now enjoy.

If you’re a Sharks fan, one inside joke we throw at Kings fans is that the LA Kings weren’t even a team until 2012. That was the year when the Kings finally won their first championship in the franchise’s 45-year history. On their part, Kings fans just love to taunt us by saying we’ll never win a cup. Well, so far, they’re still right, but who knows? This season, Thornton and Marleau might finally vindicate us.

Do you follow the NHL? If not, I invite you to follow the journey of my beloved Sharks, or, at the very least, experience how fun the Sharks and Kings rivalry is.



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