L.A. Kings: Hermosa Beach next stop for the Stanley Cup
It's been to Las Vegas and Venice Beach. It's made appearances on both Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel's stages. Most recently, it took a weekend trip to Pittsburgh.
On Monday, the Stanley Cup will return to the South Bay — home to most of the players on the Kings' roster — for some more celebrating.
Fans in Hermosa Beach will have a chance to see the Cup at a rally planned for Monday morning, the team announced this weekend. The Hermosa Beach Fire Department will drive the Cup down Pier Avenue at 11 a.m. to Pier Plaza, where city officials will meet with Kings center Jarret Stoll at the ceremony, set to begin about 11:15 a.m.
After the 30-minute ceremony ends, officials will drive the Cup up the strand to the Manhattan Beach border. Fans are invited to watch and take pictures of the trophy, which will also be on display during the rally.
They're also encouraged, team officials said, to wear Kings gear during the festivities, "as many local restaurants will offer specials during the lunch hour" for fans.
After touring Hermosa Beach, the Cup is expected to make an appearance at Manhattan Beach City Hall about noon with Kings captain Dustin Brown, said city manager David Carmany.
The Kings clinched their first-ever championship June 11 with a 6-1 Game 6 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Days later, thousands of people descended upon downtown Los Angeles for a parade and rally at Staples Center.
Following tradition, each of the players and some staff members will take possession of the Cup over the summer, during which they can "more or less" do whatever they want with it, said Mike Altieri, the Kings' vice president of communications.
— Kate Mather
Photo: Confetti falls on L.A. Kings forward Anze Kopitar as he hoists the Stanley Cup during a parade honoring the champions in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times