Celebration over Kings' win quiets down, but fans' joy is unabated
Kings fans were still in awe over their team's Stanley Cup Final win as L.A. Live quieted down late Monday night.
A smaller police presence remained outside the arena and along Figueroa Boulevard, but officers said there were no reported incidents with the crowd after about 9:30 p.m. Some hockey fans still lingered, though, holding championship pennants purchased from nearby street vendors.
"This is something I've been dreaming about for a long, long time," said Scott Egebjerg, a longtime season ticket holder from Simi Valley who worked for the team as a "stick boy" during their days at the Forum.
DJ Baltazar, a 24-year-old Web designer from Long Beach, said he and his father broke down in tears when the third period of Game 6 ended.
"So much emotion and frustration just left us," he said. "It doesn't even feel real."
Tania Garcia of Thousand Oaks said she was "still in shock" after the team's victory.
"It's awesome, but I can't even describe it," she said.
She and the others said they were not concerned about potential rioting and felt safe throughout the celebration.
-- Sam Allen at L.A. Live
Photo: Kings fans light a fire outside Staples Center after the Kings won the Stanley Cup. Credit: Christina House / For The Times