Originally posted at 12:46 p.m. June 16, 2014. Edited with new details.
Thousands of Los Angeles Kings fans lined Figueroa Street today to get a glimpse of the Stanley Cup champions -- and the Stanley Cup itself -- during a victory parade celebrating the team's second NHL title in the past three seasons.
Kings players and their families -- along with coaches, team staff, broadcasters, team mascot Bailey and the Ice Crew -- celebrated aboard double- decker buses and a flat-bed truck that paraded from Fifth and Figueroa streets to Staples Center. Also along for the ride were the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy and Clarence Campbell Cup.
Some fans began staking out locations along the parade route as early as 4:30 a.m. to ensure prime viewing.
"I haven't been to any of their games, but I've been watching with my dad," one young fan told ABC7 along the parade route while waiting for the procession to begin.
As the team and the trophies were driven along the parade route, fans cheered wildly, shouting in unison, "Go Kings go" and "We got the Cup!"
As the parade reached the area of Staples Center, confetti rained down on the crowd and the team.
When the half-hour parade ended, parade participants climbed down from the buses and made their way into the arena for a sold-our rally. The rally will include video highlights from the season, introductions of the team, coaching staff and executives and speeches by many of the players.
The Kings clinched the Cup Friday night when Alec Martinez scored 14 minutes, 43 seconds into the second overtime to defeat the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. The goal ended the longest game in the Kings' 46 seasons of play.
--City News Service