LOS ANGELES — “That is dwelling to me,” stated Pia Toscano as she appeared over the Staples Heart ice.
To grasp how she turned the voice of the Los Angeles Kings, it’s important to return to 2012.
That yr, Toscano was invited to carry out the nationwide anthem for the primary time in the course of the common season after which for each playoff recreation.
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As she saved singing, the Kings saved profitable – efficiency after efficiency – win after win – till they claimed the Stanley Cup.
“Properly all people simply related the anthem after which the wins with me being the nice luck attraction,” Toscano stated. “That was very, very candy that they’d give me that type of credit score. The superstition factor—it was loopy. I needed to put on my hair the identical approach.”
However in Might 2013, she bought laryngitis and couldn’t sing. The Kings fell brief dropping to Chicago within the Western Convention Finals.
“They had been like, ‘It’s as a result of Pia wasn’t right here,'” she stated.
Toscano returned for the subsequent postseason run and cemented her place in Kings historical past because the workforce received their second cup. Now, six years later, she nonetheless returns to carry out between touring.
“They had been with me once I was simply beginning out and I really feel like we’ve grown collectively and all people on the employees—all people treats me so nice right here,” stated Toscano.
For a lot of followers, she’s as vivid a star because the gamers who take the ice as a result of she’s the nice luck attraction which gave Los Angeles its first style of hockey glory.