LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Thousands of Los Angeles Kings fans lined Figueroa
Street today to get a glimpse of the Stanley Cup champions — and the Stanley
Cup itself — during a
celebrating the team’s second NHL title
in the past three seasons.
Kings players and their families — along with coaches, team staff,
broadcasters, team mascot Bailey and the Ice Crew — celebrated aboard double-
decker buses and a flat-bed truck that paraded from Fifth and Figueroa streets
to Staples Center. Also along for the ride were the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe
Trophy and Clarence Campbell Cup.
Some fans began staking out locations along the parade route as early as
4:30 a.m. to ensure prime viewing.
“I haven’t been to any of their games, but I’ve been watching with my
dad,” one young fan told ABC7 along the parade route while waiting for the
procession to begin.
As the team and the trophies were driven along the parade route, fans
cheered wildly, shouting in unison, “Go Kings go” and “We got the Cup!”
As the parade reached the area of Staples Center, confetti rained down
on the crowd and the team.
When the half-hour parade ended, parade participants climbed down from
the buses and made their way into the arena for a sold-our rally. The rally
included video highlights from the season, introductions of the team, coaching
staff and executives and speeches by many of the players.
“It’s hard to kind of explain what we go through as players,” Kings
captain Dustin Brown said. “I think when we look back on this team in 10 or 20
or 30 years, everyone, even from a fan’s perspective, they’re going to talk
about how we came back from 3-nothing, how we came back from 3-2, how we had
all these comebacks throughout. If I could try to share something or relate
what we as players share. All those things are possible because of the
relationships we have bonded together.
“And that, I think, goes a long way and when the going gets really
tough, knowing that you have a brother you can lean on,” he said. “I just
want to say to all my teammates, I love all you guys.”
The Kings clinched the Cup Friday night when Alec Martinez scored 14
minutes, 43 seconds into the second overtime to defeat the New York Rangers in
Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. The goal ended the longest game in the Kings’
46 seasons of play.