Here is the story of how Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin, got to the Stanley Cup.
The 25 year old is a native of Woodstock, ON, Canada.
He started his professional hockey career for the Brantford 99ers-Minor-ON in the 2004-05 season. He then continued to the Soo Thunderbirds-NOJHL for the 2005-06 season, only playing four games. From 2006 to 2010 he was with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds-OHL. He played one game with the Manchester Monarchs in their 2009-10 season.
Muzzin signed as a free agent to a three-year entry level contract with the Kings on January 4, 2010. Originally eh was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 141st overall ,in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
He joined the Kings for 11 games in the 2010-11 regular season, only recording an assist. Muzzin went on to play for the Monarchs from 2010 to 2012. In the 2012-13 season he played 45 games with the Kings and played 29 games for the Monarchs.
Muzzin stepped up for the Kings in the 2012-13 playoffs when Willie Mitchell and several other Kings were injured, recording three assists and helping the Kings reach the Western Conference Final.
The 2013-14 season was when Muzzin really made a name for himself in the NHL helping the Kings reach their second franchise Stanley Cup.
In the regular season he played 76 games, recording five goals and 19 assists, a plus-8 rating and 58 penalty minutes. In the postseason he recorded six goals and six assists in 26 games, a plus-6 rating, eight penalty minutes, three power play goals, and one game winning goal.
On July 12, 2013, Muzzin and the Kings agreed to a new two-year contract. He’s the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major trophy
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