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Stanley Cup: Kings fans urged to use public transit for parade

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Los Angeles police are advising people to use public transit to attend the Kings' Stanley Cup championship parade Thursday in downtown.

Some adjacent streets along the Figueroa route will be closed and parking will be limited, creating the potential for snarled traffic, the Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday night.

Kings team members will be riding double-decker buses and other vehicles as the procession makes its way from Figueroa and 5th streets to the area between Staples Center and L.A. Live. The parade, which begins at noon, is expected to last 30 to 45 minutes.

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City officials announced the parade after the Kings captured their first Stanley Cup on Monday with a 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Kings parade route

Officials said they will begin closing streets around 4 a.m. Thursday. For a list of street closures, see the Los Angeles Department of Transportation website.

An hourlong "championship rally" is scheduled to begin at Staples Center at 2:30 p.m., featuring video highlights, presentations and speeches from several players, the team said. Tickets for the event quickly sold out.

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Photo: Center Brad Richardson kisses the Stanley Cup after the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils, 6-1, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times 

Kings fans, what would you do with the Stanley Cup for a day?

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This post has been changed. Please see note below.

Since they defeated the New Jersey Devils on Monday and clinched their first championship, the Los Angeles Kings have begun making the rounds with the Stanley Cup.

Traditionally, each member of the team spends a day with the Cup, and in the past, teams have taken the iconic trophy everywhere from baptisms to strip clubs.

So far, the Kings have taken the cup through their favorite bar in Hermosa Beach, on Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk shows, and to team captain Dustin Brown’s backyard, where it served as a giant goblet of chocolate milk for his Spiderman-clad sons.

PHOTOS: Kings 2012 playoff run to Stanley Cup final

The Kings and their cup are set to appear at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night before the game between the Angels and Dodgers. Tickets to the Kings's "championship rally" Thursday are sold out. The parade is free and open to the public.

"My 3-yr-old said if he were on the ‪#LAKings‬ he'd take the ‪#StanleyCup‬ to @Disneyland + spin it around inside the Mad Hatter's teacups," a fan named Elizabeth Jenkins tweeted.

Some hockey fans said they'd enjoy a drink or a meal from the Cup -- Jello, mac-n-cheese or just to be different, "something lame" like salad and water, a user named Andy tweeted.

Where should the Kings take the Cup next? What would you do if you had a day with the Cup? Let us know by tweeting @LANOW or responding on the Los Angeles Times Local Facebook page.

[For the record, 3:40 p.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that tickets to the Kings' rally and parade were sold out. The rally is sold out, but the parade is free and open to the public.]

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Photo: Rob Scuderi celebrates with the Stanley Cup in the locker room after the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils on Monday. Credit: Dave Sandford / Getty Images

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Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown isn't the only member of his family celebrating with his team's Stanley Cup.

"[I have] three kids under the age of four. They all drank chocolate milk out of it this morning," Brown told Jay Leno on the "Tonight Show" Tuesday. "They're excited about it."

Brown, whose Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in a championship-clinching game Monday, brought the Cup to Leno's stage before heading to "Jimmy Kimmel Live" later with his teammates.

Kimmel showed a video of Brown's eldest sons, Jake and Mason, wearing Spiderman suits and blowing chocolate milk bubbles in the cup. The video, which has gone viral, was shot by Brown's wife, Nicole.

Brown was the first player to get possession of the trophy after the team's win.

"Do the kids have any idea what a big deal this is?" Kimmel asked the captain.

"My oldest one has been talking about it for as long as the playoffs started," Brown said. "My middle one kissed the Cup first thing in the morning, so that was pretty cool."

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L.A. Kings bring Stanley Cup to 'Tonight Show,' 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

The Stanley Cup continued to make the rounds with the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, making appearances on Jay Leno's and Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk shows.

The Kings' Dustin Brown brought the Cup to Leno's "Tonight Show" stage, where the team captain was greeted with confetti and Queen's "We Are the Champions." Wearing his No. 23 jersey, Brown stood next to the cup as Leno showed highlights from the team's championship-clinching 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

"We here in L.A., after those three wins, were waiting for the sweep on Thursday," Leno said, referring to the Kings' early 3-0 lead in the series, followed by two losses. "What happened?"

"There was a little bit of pressure in this town," Brown said with a smirk. "We haven't won in 45 years."

When Leno asked how the team celebrated the win Monday, Brown gave a shout-out to the Hermosa Beach bar that many players frequent.

"We were on the ice for a while ... then the boys got together in the locker room for another couple hours," he said. "Then we went up and stayed at Staples for a while ... then the boys took it back to the North End Bar for a couple more hours."

Brown then brought the Cup -- along with the rest of the team -- to Kimmel's show, where players offered the host the chance to drink out of the Cup.

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Stanley Cup: All tickets to Kings rally Thursday are sold out

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All 18,000 tickets for the L.A. Kings celebration at Staples Center are sold out, organizers said Tuesday night.

The hourlong "championship rally" is scheduled to begin at Staples Center on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and will feature video highlights, presentations and speeches from several players.

The event, along with a downtown parade, were announced following the team's Stanley Cup victory Monday over the New Jersey Devils, the team said. 

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The free tickets were distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and were available online. Officials had said that season-ticket holders and suite and premier seat owners would be given priority, with the remaining tickets made available to the public at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Prior to the rally, Kings players will take part in the parade scheduled to start at noon near 5th and Figueroa streets. The procession will proceed south on Figueroa and end between L.A. Live and Staples Center, city officials said.

Players and their families, coaches and others are expected to ride in double-decker buses and other vehicles during the 30- to 45-minute parade.

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Photo: Center Brad Richardson kisses the Stanley Cup after the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 

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The Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup trophy spent Tuesday morning in the backyard of team Capt. Dustin Brown's Manhattan Beach home, where his young sons blew chocolate milk bubbles in its top.

The boys, Jake and Mason, were videotaped playing with the trophy in Spiderman outfits by Brown's wife, Nicole.

Mike Altieri, the Kings' vice president of communications, said Brown was the first player to get possession of the trophy after the team defeated the New Jersey Devils on Monday night at Staples Center.

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All of the other Kings players and some staff members will get to have the trophy for a day over the summer, during which they can "more or less" do whatever they want with it, Altieri said.

Brown, who tied for the team lead with eight goals and 12 assists during the Kings' playoff run, also tweeted a picture of the Stanley Cup early Tuesday morning with the caption "After 45yrs Stanley is finally home!!!" a reference to the over four decades it took for the Kings to win their first championship.

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L.A. Kings take Stanley Cup to favorite Hermosa Beach hangout

Center Anze Kopitar show Los Angeles Kings fans an up-close look at the Stanley Cup afer they defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center.

It didn't take long for the Los Angeles Kings to bring the Stanley Cup to their favorite bar.

Just hours after the team claimed its first-ever championship with a 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night, the celebration was on at the North End Bar & Grill in Hermosa Beach. Owner John Courts said the entire team, their families and some Kings employees gathered for a private celebration — and brought their trophy with them.

"The Stanley Cup was on the bar," Courts said. "To see it in the house, to touch it, it's just special…. I'm really speechless."

Nearly all of the Kings players live in the South Bay, and they train at a practice facility in El Segundo. The team has been hanging out at the North End since 2008, and locals say the players love to mingle with their neighbors, play in beach volleyball tournaments and help out with charity events.

In addition to the Stanley Cup, goaltender Jonathan Quick brought his Conn Smythe trophy to the victory party at the North End. Quick won the award as the playoff's most valuable player.

Courts said he had "no idea" the Kings would take their celebration to his bar, but he got a call early Tuesday telling him the players were on their way.

"It was amazing, it was beyond anything," Courts said. "Just tell the world these guys are really great."

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Photo: Center Anze Kopitar show Los Angeles Kings fans an up-close look at the Stanley Cup afer they defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

L.A. Kings fans still aglow over Stanley Cup: 'It wasn't a dream'

 

L.A. Kings fans continued to celebrate the team's first Stanley Cup in its 45-year history Tuesday, some still in disbelief that hockey's coveted championship cup finally found a home in Los Angeles.

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 Monday, giving the Kings a 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center.

"So much emotion and frustration just left us," he said. "It doesn't even feel real."

Fans threw confetti and blew horns at L.A. Live after the game ended, chanting "Go, Kings, go!"

"This is the greatest day of my sports life," said Richard Flores, 52, of West Covina, a Kings fan for more than 40 years. "We finally won."

The cheering carried over to Dodger Stadium, where the hometown team took on the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night. Fans got to their feet, clapping and whistling as the final minute of the Kings game was replayed on the DodgerVision board.

Many also expressed their joy on social media. One Twitter user, @roqueprincess, posted, "It wasn't a dream," along with a photo of the front page of the L.A. Times. 

The celebrations will continue Thursday in downtown Los Angeles, where a parade and rally will be held for the team. The parade is scheduled to start at noon near 5th and Figueroa streets, proceed south on Figueroa and end between L.A. Live and Staples Center, officials said. The ticket-only rally will follow at 2:30 p.m.

Fans react to L.A. Kings Stanley Cup win

The Los Angeles Kings took home their first Stanley Cup Monday night after a 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

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Times reporters Andrew Blankstein and Sam Allen will join city editor Shelby Grad to recap the celebration at L.A. Live Monday night after the L.A. Kings won the Stanley Cup. We'll also have all the details on the parade and rally.

The chat is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Stanley Cup: L.A. Kings parade, rally planned for Thursday

Kings fans hoping to carry on their Stanley Cup celebrations will have another chance at a parade and rally scheduled in downtown Los Angeles

This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

Kings fans hoping to carry on their Stanley Cup celebrations will have another chance Thursday at a parade and rally scheduled in downtown Los Angeles.

The parade is to start at noon near 5th and Figueroa, proceed south on Figueroa and end between L.A. Live and Staples Center, the team confirmed after securing its first Stanley Cup on Monday with a 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

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Players and their families, coaches and others are expected to ride in double-decker buses and other vehicles during the 30- to 45-minute parade.

An hourlong "championship rally" is scheduled to begin at Staples Center at 2:30 p.m., featuring video highlights, presentations and speeches from several players, the team said.

Tickets are required, but are free. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis and are available online. Officials said season-ticket holders and suite and premier seat owners would be given first priority, with the remaining tickets made available to the public at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

There is a limit of four tickets per order, officials said.

[For the Record, 8:52 a.m. June 12: An earlier version of this post stated that tickets to the Kings' "championship rally" would be available to the public on Monday. They are to be made available at 6 p.m. Tuesday.]

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Photo: Center Brad Richardson kisses the Stanley Cup after the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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