Marcel Dionne last played for the Kings in 1987, but he says he feels as connected as ever to that franchise as it continues to celebrate its first Stanley Cup championship.
"It's basically closing a chapter in my hockey life right now. It's unbelievable. To all the players that every played this... I think they're all happy because it was a great place to play there... great satisfaction, great hockey fans."
The feeling is likely mutual as Dionne's number 16 hangs from the rafters in the Staples Center. He's one of five Kings to have his number retired and ranks fifth all time in NHL scoring with 1771 points.
Dionne accomplished a great deal in 12 seasons with the Kings. He could not win a Stanley Cup during that time. He told 2-On-Your-Side' Adam Benigni that watching the current Kings finally accomplish that feat meant a great deal.
"We have a big connection there. The fans you look... they still wear your jerseys and your colors. I'm saying closure for myself. I said I couldn't do it there... Wayne (Gretzky) couldn't do it there... Luc (Robitaille) didn't do it there. It's not because we didn't want it to happen, but finally these guys made it happen. I've got some blood in that cup too... believe me."
Dionne continues to operate a sports memorabilia store in Niagara Falls, Ontario.