The NHL's Los Angeles Kings and Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy were both honored by President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday for their championship seasons, marking the first time two champions from the same city and same ownership group have been jointly recognized.
Philip Anschutz, who also controls Anschutz Corp., the parent company of The Oklahoma Publishing Company and The Oklahoman, owns AEG, the ownership company of both teams.
“We also found out that both of these teams are full of some pretty standup players and coaches,” Obama said while standing between both teams, the Stanley Cup and the Philip Anschutz Trophy. “They are out in the community year round changing lives and making a difference.
“As L.A. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says, ‘Soccer is very much secondary, if we can have an impact on young kids, then we want to be a part of that.' And that is something that we all appreciate.”
Los Angeles-based AEG acquired the Kings in 1995 and the Galaxy in 1998.
The ceremony was scheduled to allow the teams to appear together and capitalize on the uniqueness of one ownership group operating two franchises that won major championships in the same year.