Watch: Simpsons, Springfield Kings feature on Mike Scully, Pete Demers - LA Kings Insider

Mike Scully, a Simpsons writer, producer and former showrunner, grew up in West Springfield, Massachusetts, where he became familiar with the Eastern States Coliseum and the staff and players who played for the American Hockey League’s Springfield Kings.

Perhaps as an 11-year-old rink rat he became too close. When any of the players or staff gave him game-used pucks or equipment, he recalled being chased by a hockey stick-brandishing Eddie Shore, who demanded that it be returned, lest it affect the team’s bottom line.

But there, at the home of the Springfield Kings, Los Angeles’ early AHL affiliate, Scully caught the earliest stages of so many memorable careers, having seen Butch Goring and Billy Smith before they became NHL stars, and recalled one memorable fight-filled night that resulted in the arrest of Pete Demers, Los Angeles’ long time Head Athletic Trainer.

In this Kings Weekly story stitched together so well by Jack Wilson, Scully and Demers relived the details of one of the more memorable donnybrooks in Western Massachusetts hockey history, while Scully also shares the backgrounds and inspiration behind the jokes and storylines of Lisa on Ice, one of the most revered episodes of the longest running scripted series in prime time television history. In bonus footage, viewers are also treated to a glimpse of The Simpsons’ writers room on the FOX lot in Los Angeles.

Related: Looking back at Lisa on Ice

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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