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Kings player Drew Doughty will not face sexual assault charges

Drew Doughty
Citing insufficient evidence, Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to file sexual assault charges Wednesday against L.A. Kings player Drew Doughty, who was investigated by Hermosa Beach police in connection with a sexual assault allegation.

The allegations date to March 1, when a 25-year-old woman met Doughty at a bar near the Hermosa Beach Pier. She turned down a proposition from Doughty in front of several teammates, police said.

They took a cab to her home, where she accused Doughty of raping her. The woman reported the incident to police the same day. According to the filing declination, the woman told police the two had consensual sex a few months prior to the incident.

She said that during the second incident, Doughty never threatened her, but that he had "intercourse with her against her will."

Detectives told The Times that they asked the woman to call the hockey player while they listened, but she refused. He said the woman has been “less than cooperative” and that the district attorney’s office and police have “found credibility problems.”

Doughty was the second overall pick by the Kings in the 2008 draft. The Canadian defenseman missed almost all of training camp before this season before signing an eight-year, $56-million deal that made him the team's highest-paid player by average annual value.

He had two goals and four assists during the Stanley Cup Finals, along with goals against St. Louis and Phoenix en route to the championship series.

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Photo: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty warms up on the ice moments before Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in May. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times

Stanley Cup pays visit to excited fans in Glendale

As "keeper of the cup," Mike Bolt carries the Stanley Cup as Jessica Brunstetter, 27 of Studio City, center, and Anita Papazian, 25 of Pasadena, touch the National Hockey League's championship trophy during a visit to Pacific Community Center and Park Gymnasium in Glendale on Wednesday.

Hundreds of fans from all over the Greater Los Angeles area greeted the Stanley Cup in Glendale on Wednesday, waiting as long as four hours to file into the community center's packed gym to share in the Los Angeles Kings' first reign as the National Hockey League champions by getting the chance to view the 120-year old chalice.

"It's like traveling with a rock star, except it doesn't talk," said Michael Altieri, the Kings vice president of communications and content. "People see it and they just light up, it's awesome to watch."

The Stanley Cup was on a nine-stop radio and TV studio tour Wednesday, and brothers Tony and Robert Valladares were at the front of the line outside Glendale's Pacific Community Center at 7 a.m. to catch their first glimpse of it in person, the Glendale News-Press reported.

"It's indescribable, there's no words," said Tony of the Kings' championship run. "With the way [the Kings] struggled and were very inconsistent [in the regular season], we always believed they could [win it] but we were never too sure. It's such a relief they won it."

Heading into the post-season the Kings certainly didn't seem poised to win their first Stanley Cup in 45 years. The Kings were seeded eighth — at the bottom of the Western Conference bracket — but still plowed through the playoffs with relative ease.

"I think the most meaningful component of it is sharing [the Cup] with the fans," Altieri said. "Just being in the marketplace for 45 years and never getting too close to winning it and going through the playoffs the way we did — 16-4 — was really a magical time, not only for the organization but the city."

For Ben Patao, an Atwater Village resident, Wednesday wasn't the first time he'd seen the Stanley Cup, but it was definitely the most special.

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L.A. Kings: Stanley Cup heads to the South Bay for rally

Stanley Cup rally
The Stanley Cup is coming back home.

After vacations including a visit to Las Vegas and, most recently, a weekend trip to Pittsburgh, the Stanley Cup on Monday returns 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. At 11 a.m., the Hermosa Beach Fire Department is to drive drive the Cup down Pier Avenue to Pier Plaza, where city officials will meet with Kings center Jarret Stoll at the ceremony, set to begin about 11:15 a.m.

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After the 30-minute ceremony ends, officials are to 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, along with Kings captain Dustin Brown, said City Manager David Carmany.

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The Kings clinched their first-ever NHL championship June 11 with a 6-1 Game 6 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Days later, thousands of people descended on 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.

So far, the trophy's list of destinations also includes Dodger Stadium, a Hermosa Beach bar frequented by players, and Brown's backyard, where his sons blew chocolate milk bubbles in the Cup.

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Photo: Kings captain Dustin Brown holds the Stanley Cup as he bumps elbows with Anze Kopitar during the Stanley Cup rally June 14 at Staples Center. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

L.A. Kings: Hermosa Beach next stop for the Stanley Cup

Stanley Cup goes to Hermosa Beach

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.

PHOTOS: Kings 2012 playoff run to Stanley Cup final

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: L.A. Kings parade

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.

So far, the trophy's list of destinations also includes Dodger Stadium, a Hermosa Beach bar frequented by players, and Brown's backyard, where his sons blew chocolate milk bubbles in the Cup.

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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

'Credibility problems' found in rape case against Kings' Doughty

Drew Doughty

An allegation by a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by L.A. Kings player Drew Doughty dates back to March, Hermosa Beach police said.

Sgt. Robert Higgins said the 25-year-old woman told police she met Doughty at a bar near the Hermosa Beach Pier on March 1. The two went to Doughty’s home, where she turned down a proposition in front of several teammates.

They took a cab to her home, where she accused Doughty of raping her.

The woman reported the incident to police the same day.

Higgins said detectives asked her to call the hockey player while they listened, but she refused. He said the woman has been “less than cooperative” and that the district attorney’s office and police have “found credibility problems.”

The district attorney is expected to decide by Friday whether to prosecute, he said.

The woman has hired attorney Gloria Allred to represent her.  

Doughty was the second overall pick by the Kings in the 2008 draft. The Canadian defenseman missed almost all of training camp before this season before signing an eight-year, $56-million deal that made him the team's highest-paid player by average annual value.

He had two goals and four assists during the Stanley Cup Final, along with goals against St. Louis and Phoenix en route to the championship series.

Doughty's attorney, Craig Renetzky, said: “It is under review and we expect a decision on charges to be made within a week.”

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Photo: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty warms up on the ice moments before Game One of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in May. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times

L.A. Kings' Drew Doughty investigated in alleged sexual assault

Drew Doughty

Los Angeles County prosecutors are reviewing an allegation by a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted earlier this year by L.A. Kings player Drew Doughty, a district attorney’s spokeswoman said Tuesday.

“It’s under review,” said spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons, who declined to detail the allegations, citing the office’s pending decision. “I expect a resolution this week.”

Doughty's attorney, Craig Renetzky, said that although the case was technically under review, he expects it will be rejected this week.

The Hermosa Beach Police Department, which investigated the case, did not return numerous calls for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Doughty was the second overall pick by the Kings in the 2008 draft. The Canadian defenseman missed almost all of training camp before this season before signing an eight-year, $56-million deal that made him the team's highest-paid player by average annual value.

He had two goals and four assists during the Stanley Cup Final, along with goals against St. Louis and Phoenix en route to the championship series.

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Photo: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty warms up on the ice moments before Game One of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in May. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times

L.A. Kings rally: 'You have changed this city,' Robitaille says

Fans cheer on the Kings as they arrive at Staples Center
Greeted by a Staples Center packed with patient but rabid fans, each member of the L.A. Kings got a few moments Thursday to soak in the glory.

The Kings capped off their celebratory day by taking turns thanking the fans for sticking with them for more than four decades. But first, the team’s president had praise for the players.  

"The last two months have been amazing," Kings President Luc Robitaille said to the players in one of a series of speeches at the start of Thursday’s rally. "You have changed this city."

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Indeed, thousands of hockey fans lined Figueroa Street to help their team celebrate its Stanley Cup victory in style. Many said they were longtime fans, some hopped on the bandwagon late, but all reveled in the confetti and the sight of the Stanley Cup itself throughout the afternoon.   

The rally had a little bit of everything. It drew a crowd and included speeches from team officials and players along with a video recap of the Kings' historic playoff run. Fans cheered wildly to a soundtrack that included Queen's "We are the Champions" and My Chemical Romance's "Welcome to the Black Parade," which has become the team's unofficial theme song.

The lucky fans who had a ticket were greeted with free towels as they entered Staples Center and continued with the chorus of "Go, Kings, go!"

PHOTO GALLERY: L.A. Kings parade

Winning "is a great thing for all the longtime fans,” said Al Fredrickson, who was there for Game 6. “It's a great thing for the city. It's a great thing for anyone related to the Kings.”

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L.A. Kings celebration continues with Staples Center rally

 

After a 45-year wait, it was all over in about an hour for those who had gathered for the L.A. Kings championship celebration parade.

By about 1:30 p.m., the crowds that had swarmed into downtown Los Angeles for a glance at the Stanley Cup started to head out, while another 18,000 or so lucky fans streamed into the Staples Center for the sold-out rally.

Between the end of the parade and the beginning of the rally, Kings players and coaches attended a reception and lunch inside the Staples Center before greeting fans.

LIVE COVERAGE: L.A. Kings Stanley Cup victory parade

The rally, scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m., will include “specially produced video highlights from the season, introductions of the entire team, coaching staff and executives with speeches and reactions from many of the players.”

At center ice, black carpets and chairs surrounded a clear glass podium.

PHOTOS: L.A. Kings parade | 360° view of the parade

Four rows up in Section 111, Glenn Lanksbury sat with his daughter Shelby, a high school junior who arranged to take a final exam early this morning to make it in time for the rally.

"We just had to be a part of it, the jubilation and excitement and energy," Glenn said. "Who knows the next time we'll get to see a Stanley Cup."

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L.A. Kings celebration even brings out Rams fans

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Some opportunistic advocates saw the L.A. Kings victory parade as a golden chance to talk about things that had nothing to do with hockey.

With thousands of Kings fans gathered in essentially the same place, some used downtown Los Angeles as a soapbox Thursday to spread the gospel, advocate for the city’s old football team, and try to turn a big profit.     

The Kings may have defeated the New Jersey Devils, but to at least one group, the fight isn't over between heaven and hell.

LIVE COVERAGE: L.A. Kings Stanley Cup victory parade

Gathered at Figueroa Street and Olympic Boulevard, a Christian group seized on the massive gathering to urge people to repent and believe in Jesus Christ.

One man used a microphone and radio to preach to people about believing in the Bible. He held a cross, on which was written, "Judgment Day coming."

Others stood with large banners that read "Christ will return to judge."

PHOTO GALLERY: L.A. Kings parade | 360° view of the parade

The Cerritos-based group arrived to save souls about 9 a.m., according to Priscilla Crawford, a member of the group. There were up to 15 members who were scattered throughout the parade route, she said.

At the same street corner, fans of the Los Angeles Rams were adorned in the throwback uniforms. The team moved from Los Angeles to St. Louis after the 1994 season, but with a new football arena in the works, some believe the team could return.

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L.A. Kings parade: 'There's no way ... I'd miss this'

SchwagerCharles Schwager's customized Kings jersey is well known at Staples Center, where he's held season tickets since the arena opened.

The sweater doesn't have a name on the back but a message: "Cup B4 I Die."

Schwager, a 52-year-old accountant from Ventura, was wearing the shirt proudly Thursday as the Kings celebrated their first-ever Stanley Cup victory with a parade through downtown Los Angeles.

LIVE COVERAGE: L.A. Kings Stanley Cup victory parade

"There's no way on the face of God's green earth I'd miss this," said Schwager, who has held season tickets since 1981. "This is a culmination of years and years of waiting. It's an incredibly emotional feeling."

Schwager said the delirium inside Staples after Monday's win — "a mosh pit of joy" — has carried over all week.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," he said.

He watched the parade with an old friend, Alex Vari, from the corner of Figueroa Street and Wilshire Boulevard, and said he was thrilled to see the legions of fans, new and old.

"The one-day fans, the one-year fans, the one-decade fans — it doesn't matter to me," he said. "I consider myself the driver of the bandwagon."

PHOTO GALLERY: L.A. Kings parade | 360° view of the parade

The parade featured over a dozen trucks and buses carrying players, fans and team staff.

Near 9th Street, fans raced down the block to snap pictures of Anze Kopitar, the Kings' leading scorer, raise the Stanley Cup high over his head.

The celebration featured loud horns, children cheering on their parents' shoulders and raucous chants of "Go, Kings, go!"

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Photo: Charles Schwager, a 52-year-old accountant from Ventura, brought his custom jersey to the Kings parade Thursday. Credit: Sam Allen / Los Angeles Times

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