User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Soccer
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Kings get rings, raise Stanley Cup banner

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings raised their first Stanley Cup championship banner Saturday in a joyous ceremony delayed more than three months by the NHL lockout.

Advertisement
With help from the family of a victim of the Sandy Hook massacre, the Kings hung their black-and-white banner in the rafters at Staples Center and received their championship rings before their season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The ceremony was the culmination of Los Angeles' improbable rampage through the postseason last year, when the Kings became the first eighth-seeded team to capture the Cup.

The Kings hadn't played on the Staples Center ice since June 11, when they completed a six-game victory over the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup finals. With the 6-1 win, the 45-year-old franchise secured its first NHL championship.

After a lengthy video presentation in the darkened arena while fans waved glowsticks, Nancy Anschutz - the wife of Kings owner Phil Anschutz - handed the ring boxes to the players as they skated to center ice.

After the Stanley Cup's handlers brought the trophy through the crowd and onto the ice, the Kings relayed it around the perimeter of the rink, with each player raising it one more time.

Even two injured Kings suited up for the ceremony: Anze Kopitar, the club's co-scoring leader in the postseason, and defenseman Willie Mitchell, the oldest player on last year's team. Los Angeles retained every player who skated in the playoffs last season, a remarkable feat in pro sports.

The Kings' leaders then picked up the banner from the family of Ana Marquez-Greene and Los Angeles hockey stars Marcel Dionne and Rogie Vachon, skating it across the ice and raising it to the rafters amid thunderous applause.

Los Angeles' accomplishments during its 16-4 run through the postseason are well-known to every Kings fan by now.

Starting with their upset of Presidents' Trophy-winning Vancouver, the Kings set NHL records by leading all four of their playoff series 3-0 and winning 10 straight road games. Los Angeles thrashed the Western Conference's top three seeds, never played an elimination game, and only trailed for about 184 minutes in the entire postseason.

With plenty of time to plan during the lockout, the Kings also made a few changes to their arena to honor their first championship, notably moving their banners and retired numbers off the Staples Center wall and hanging them in the rafters.

The Kings had followed the tradition of the Lakers, their co-tenants in the Forum and Staples, by hanging their banners on the walls of the arenas. But after doubling their number of banners from two to four, the Kings joined every other NHL team and moved their banners into the rafters.

The club also made new banners for the transition, hanging its Western Conference title banner before fans even entered the arena next to a similar new banner celebrating the 1992-93 conference title. The Kings hung new ones for their five retired numbers, including Dionne, Vachon and Wayne Gretzky.

The Kings' celebration began early Saturday outside the arena, where thousands of black-jerseyed fans gathered for a street fair. General manager Dean Lombardi and Kings ownership executive Tim Leiweke greeted fans at the door and even handed out hot dogs.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was in the building, but didn't go on the ice.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
News: Grand Salami - March
Flyers trade Coburn to Lightning
Blues acquire D Michalek from Coyotes
Canadiens acquire Petry from Oilers
Bruins get Connolly from Lightning
Sabres send Flynn to Canadiens
Stars trade F Cole to Red Wings
Rangers acquire D Yandle from Coyotes
Flames trade W Glencross to Capitals
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NHL Pro Hockey Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NHL Hot Streaks
12-7 +554 L19, +3,216 This Year
16-7 ,+858 Last 23 Picks
3-1 +290 L4 G-Plays, +1,577 TY
15-5 Last 20 Total Plays
12-5 L17 Over/Unders
15-8 +1,227 L23, 23-14 +1,890 L37
NHL Pro Hockey Expert Sports Picks- Gary Bart
2014 NHL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 3216
Tony Stoffo + 1953
Kevin Rogers + 1577
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 508
Gary Bart + 115
Kevin Rogers + 55
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bill Marzano + 720
Alex Smith + 501
Tony Stoffo + 457
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 1161
Tony Stoffo + 598
Dave Cokin + 368
Yesterday's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 100
   
   
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1118
Alex Smith + 678
Kevin Rogers + 661
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy Sager Bomb