No. 32: Los Angeles Kings

Ultimate Standings 2012

Updated: September 7, 2012, 3:52 PM ET
By Ross Marrinson | ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 55
Title track: 57
Ownership: 43
Coaching: 31
Players: 26
Fan relations: 29
Affordability: 82
Stadium experience: 33
Bang for the buck: 24

Champions. Check it off the list. After just three playoff appearances in their previous nine seasons, the Kings, led by their trio of 22-year-old defenseman Drew Doughty, 25-year-old center Anze Kopitar and 26-year-old goalie Jonathan Quick, won their first championship in franchise history. The Kings' players category jumped 16 spots to 26th overall, or seventh best in the league, while the coaching category, after the team fired Terry Murray and replaced him with Darryl Sutter, increased 39 spots to 31st overall, ninth best in the NHL. With an average ticket price ($51.92) that's nearly 10 percent less expensive than the league average, it's no wonder fans voted the Kings' bang for the buck as the fifth best in the NHL. Donald Sterling, your move.