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Sunday, 1 July, 2012 10:25 AM

250,000 fans line Figueroa Street to celebrate L.A. Kings Stanley Cup victory parade


Kings Captain Dustin Brown hoists the Stanley Cup during the team's first-ever victory parade on June 14, 2012.


by Jason Rzucidlo



LOS ANGELES -- More than a quarter of a million hockey fans came to downtown Los Angeles to experience the first-ever L.A. Kings Stanley Cup victory parade in the team’s 45-year history. The free event took place on Thursday, June 14 at Noon. Some fans staked out their prime viewing spots as early as 7 a.m. – five hours before the parade even began.

“I’m completely excited for them, I thought they did a fantastic job,” said Paul Kingsley from Woodland Hills, Calif. “Sixteen and four, that’s incredible – the second best record in the Stanley Cup playoffs next to Edmonton. I’m very excited. I’ve seen the Stanley Cup about five or six times. I went to Toronto to see the Hall of Fame. I’m very superstitious. A couple of years ago, I stopped going to a bunch of Kings games so they wouldn’t lose anymore. For a non-season ticket holder, it was hard to get Kings rally tickets.”

The city best known for Hollywood got a new nickname, Hockeywood, as players road aboard red double-decker sightseeing buses. Rick Sadowski coined the term in his 1993 hardcover book by the same name.

“It was quite the experience, I’ve been a long-time season ticket holder,” said Gary Erickson, also from Woodland Hills, Calif. “For them to come through the playoffs the way they and set the records they did and play with the intensity they did is a great day for L.A. We’ve been waiting a long time for this. Go Kings! Including the playoffs, I went to about 35 to 40 games. I have seen the cup and rubbed on the cup before. Two of three years ago, they toured it throughout some of the iceoplexes in the valley and I went and saw it there. It was easy to get Kings rally tickets; I’m a season ticket holder. Right-click, enter the code and you’re in.“

The victory parade started at Figueroa and Fifth streets and headed southeast to the STAPLES Center where it ended.

“The Kings are absolutely amazing and this run has been crazy,” said Riley Shoshani, a fan from Santa Monica, Calif. “Who would have known that we would’ve kicked out the top three seeds in the league. I thought it was just absolutely crazy. I’m proud of a Kings; I’m a Kings fan. Go Kings! I went to all of the games this season. I went to my first playoffs game, which was against the St. Louis Blues. The atmosphere was crazy; I had such a good time. It was so difficult to get the Kings rally tickets. As soon as we found out the tickets sold out, it was absolutely ridiculous. They all sold out within presale, crazy.”

Nearly every television and radio station in the Los Angeles market covered the victory parade. Fox Sports West and KTLA both aired live coverage from start to finish.

“In the middle of the season, I said to my grandpa that we were going to win the Cup and we did,” said Jacob Nodd, a young fan from Northridge, Calif. “I only went to one game. For all of us, it was hard to get tickets to the Kings rally. His dad got tickets and there was an extra one so he brought me. My mom and dad couldn’t go and then his dad gave us three more tickets so we brought my grandpa in.”

The Kings players, coaches and staff stopped in front of the STAPLES Center at 12:30 for a hero shot. Confetti was blown into the air and then Kings Captain Dustin Brown lifted the Stanley Cup into the air.

“It feels awesome, it was so exciting that I was able to come to some of the games,” said Casey Madsen of Santa Clarita, Calif. “This was my first time seeing the Stanley Cup. I want to say I went to one game per series through the playoffs and a couple during the regular season. It was pretty easy to get tickets for the Kings rally. I just went online and got the tickets.”

For most fans, it was their first time ever seeing the Cup, the NHL’s top trophy.

“I am completely surprised and I’m surprised that they could adjust to a new coach that well,” said Danny Mizin of Calabasas, Calif. “They just completely swept the Stanley Cup. I’m completely shocked. I went to a couple games throughout the season. I actually went to games four and six of the Stanley Cup finals and it was insane. I loved the atmosphere and it was amazing. My dad said something about Kings rally tickets going on limited sale at 10 o’clock. We actually got back from some kind of party at 10:05 and they were all sold out.”

Those who have seen the Stanley Cup before had to travel to other cities. For L.A. fans, those days are over.

“I thought it was fantastic, they just swept by all of their opponents,” said Brittany Golob of Northridge, Calif. “The hardest part was game four and game five. In game six, they just closed it out, it was amazing. This was my first time seeing the Stanley Cup. I’m so excited about it too. I think I went to two games this season. I usually go to two or three per season. I was out of the country and I came back for two games. We got tickets to the rally; I’m in the fan club. It was more difficult than I thought it would be to get the tickets. I had to keep refreshing my Ticketmaster page. I had a presale code so it was great.”

The party continued inside the STAPLES Center with the Kings victory rally

After the parade ended, Kings players, coaches and staff headed inside the STAPLES Center. They took a break and then ate lunch. Fans entered the venue at 1:00 p.m. and the Kings victory rally began at 2:30 p.m.

"This is amazing, our players will never forget this day," said Luc Robitaille, president of Kings business operations. "You guys brought us the Stanley Cup. Thanks a lot you guys. You players for the last two and a half months have been amazing. You win this championship as a team. You don't win this as individuals. Thank you guys for teaching us all a great lesson about sports. Sometimes, an individual can win a game, but a team wins championships. I got an e-mail last night and I thought it was the proper time to read it. It says, 'Dear Luc: I cannot thank the Kings enough to have been part of this dream run. This is a closing chapter for me in my life for me and Carroll. Now I can go to my grave with my head up. Yours Truly, Marcel Dionne.'"

Tickets for the victory rally were completely free and were available online at Kings season ticket holders received a special code to download their free tickets beginning at 10 a.m. on the day before. Tickets were available to the general public starting at 6 p.m.

"Thank you, I want to congratulate our great fans in Los Angeles Kings history," said head coach Darryl Sutter. "I want to congratulate the players. I told them this is the most unbelievable feeling I've had in the last few days when we had that 5-1 lead with three or four minutes left the other day. Just to see the look on their faces is something I'll remember for the rest of my life. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. It's an incredible day. Everybody enjoy it and stay out of trouble."

All of the victory rally tickets were reserved in less than an hour. Many of the tickets ended up for sale on eBay for as much as $2,400 making it difficult for regular people to attend the rally.

"I just want to say thanks to everybody, this is awesome," said Matt Greene, Kings defenseman and assistant captain. "There's one person I want to point out, though. He is the Kings No. 1 fan of all time, Kent. It's amazing. This is unbelievable how crazy and awesome this is."

In the Western Conference Quarterfinals, the Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks in four games to one. In the fifth game, the Kings beat the Canucks by a score of two to one in overtime.

"I just hope all of you are enjoying this as much as all of us are," said Anze Kopitar, Kings center and assistant captain. "It's been quite a journey for me. I mean I've been here for six years. It was smooth sailing, but I think the last couple of months, we made it pretty special. To win it all, especially on this ice, you guys definitely deserved that. We'd like to thank you for all of your support. It's too much fun not to win it again. Let's go get it."

During the Western Conference Semifinals, the Kings swept the St. Louis Blues in four games. The Kings won the fourth game of the series by a score of three to zero.

"It's pretty unbelievable, it's hard to describe what myself and everybody on this ice is feeling right now," said Dustin Brown, Kings captain and right wing. "It's a pretty special moment. There wasn't this many the last time I talked to everybody. Now, I don't see a team. I see a bunch of champions so that's pretty cool. Probably the most important thing here is you guys. You've been a big support, it's been unbelievable. You guys have waited a long, long time for this day. As players, we had a chant: 'We Want The Cup.' You guys can join me in the new chant, 'We Got The Cup.'"

In the Western Conference Finals, the Kings beat the Phoenix Coyotes in four games to one. In the fifth game, the Kings beat the Coyotes by a score of four to three in overtime.

"Thank you so much," said Kings Goalie Jonathan Quick, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL's most valuable player during the playoffs. "For me, personally, I've been here for four years. Even four years ago, we were getting beaten by Detroit 8-2. The support we had back then and now we're beating Detroit and we're beating New Jersey. To see this 18,000 here, you guys have been unbelievable. I can't thank you enough. It's awesome man. Thank you to every one of you from the bottom of my heart. We love you guys."

During the Stanley Cup Finals, the Kings beat the New Jersey Devils in four games to two. The Kings won the sixth game of the series by a score of six to one, with one their goals on an empty Devils net.

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Fans watching the victory parade from the NOKIA Plaza.



Four Kings players road aboard Starline double-decker tour buses.



KTLA-TV Ch. 5 aired live coverage of the parade from start to finish.



The Kings Ice Crew dance team also participated in the victory parade.



The party continued inside the STAPLES Center with the Kings victory rally.


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