The Los Angeles Kings were named the 2015 Sports Team of the Year at the Sports Business Awards on Wednesday. The Kings, who won their second Stanley Cup in three years in 2014, beat out teams from all the other major professional sports leagues.
They’re not playing for the Stanley Cup this season, but the Los Angeles Kings have been named the 2015 Sports Team of the Year at the eighth annual Sports Business Awards. The Kings, who won their second Stanley Cup in the past three seasons in 2014, won the Sports Team of the Year award for the first time in franchise history and beat out the MLS’ Los Angeles Galaxy, NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals, NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and IndyCar and NASCAR’s Team Penske.
Taking home the award honors the club for their accomplishments over the course of the 2014 campaign and what they’ve been able to do to turn around the franchise in the past several seasons. Before becoming perennial Stanley Cup contenders, the Kings had missed the playoffs in six straight seasons and lost in the first round of two consecutive post-seasons. In addition to winning the Stanley Cup last season, captain
Dustin Brown won the Mark Messier Leadership Award and goaltender
Jonathan Quick won the William M. Jennings Trophy for allowing the least goals against in the regular season. Center
Anze Kopitar was also nominated for the Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward. This past campaign, the Kings had one of the most disappointing years in franchise history. After starting off strong in the early weeks, the Kings faltered down the stretch and ultimately lost their playoff spot thanks to the play of the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets. At the culmination of the 2014-15 regular season, Los Angeles finished just two points behind Calgary for the third and final playoff berth in the Pacific Division and four points back of the Winnipeg Jets for the last wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Accepting the award on behalf of the Kings was Luc Robataille, Los Angeles’ president of business operations.