The winning goal came at end of the longest game in Kings franchise history, in their NHL record tying 26th game of this postseason. The crowd at LA Live erupted as Kings defenseman Alec Martinez buried a rebound at the end of the second overtime and one of the more improbable postseason rides any L.A. sports team has ever seen came to victorious end.
“It’s like a Disney dream movie come true," said Eric Jin, who celebrated outside Staples Center. "I’m happy and I’m on cloud nine.”
It was a very nail biting Disney movie because the Kings faced elimination seven times in the three rounds of playoffs.
Carlos Castellanos hopes this championship means the eighth seeded Kings will get more respect nationally, and in L.A.
“From the bottom seed to come and take it all," said Castellanos. "It feels great.”
Some fans said they drove three hours just to be outside Staples when the Stanley Cup was hoisted inside. There was a large police presence – some officers at one point dawned riot gear – but the crowd was mostly peaceful.
"I just wanted to be as close as possible to what had happened," said Cynthia Delacruz. "The vibe is really amazing, to be out with everyone celebrating.”
Kings fans will get another chance to celebrate Monday, when there’s a victory parade through downtown.
See the parade route in gray on the map below, and additional street closures in red:
Read the full details of the celebration from the L.A. Kings below:
To celebrate winning the NHL Stanley Cup Championship for the SECOND time in franchise history and the second time in three seasons, the LA Kings and AEG will host a championship parade and celebratory rally for the team on Monday, June 16th..
PARADE – begins at Noon @ 5th & Figueroa
The day of celebration will begin at noon at the corner of Figueroa and West 5th Streets with the City of Los Angeles’ traditional parade of championship teams down Figueroa to STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE. Players and their families, coaches, staff, broadcasters, alumni, the Ice Crew, mascot Bailey and other VIP’s will ride on double decker busses, Toyota Tundras and other specially decorated vehicles along with the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy and Clarence Campbell Cup to be acknowledged by fans lining the parade route.
Kings fans planning to attend Monday’s victory parade are highly encouraged to line the one-mile Figueroa Street parade route between 5th Street to the north and Chick Hearn Ct. to the south (on both sides of the street), as all the immediate areas adjacent to STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE will be controlled by the Los Angeles Police Department and Department of Transportation with limited access to an area of limited size.
The parade is expected to last 30-45 minutes.
The Kings also encourage all fans to remember to celebrate safely and responsibly, as the parade will be a family event, and small children will be present. Parents are reminded to keep their children close to prevent them from becoming separated from their groups. Attendees are also encouraged to drink water and use sunscreen, as many are likely to be standing along Figueroa for several hours and the forecast calls for sunny weather.
Restaurants within L.A. LIVE will remain open during parade hours, yet access will be limited to the district’s northern entrance off Olympic Boulevard.
FAN RALLY – begins at 1:00 in STAPLES Center
Ticket holders invited inside early at 11:30 AM to watch parade live on STAPLES Center’s giant Panasonic 22’ x 14’ LIVE 4HD video screens.
Fans with tickets for the sold-out STAPLES Center Rally event scheduled for 1:00 PM inside of the arena may show their tickets to enter special viewing areas along Chick Hearn Ct. on both the L.A. LIVE and STAPLES Center sides of the street and will be allowed to enter STAPLES Center at 11:30 AM to watch the entire parade on STAPLES Center’s giant Panasonic 22’ x 14’-3” LIVE 4HD video screens.
The Los Angeles Kings will produce a special “Championship Rally” inside of STAPLES Center for their fans. Beginning at 1:00 PM, the 60-minute ticketed event 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 in addition to special presentations and surprises.
STAPLES Center will open at approximately 11:30 AM on Monday to fans with tickets to enter early to watch the parade. All refreshment stands and TEAM LA locations will be open until the end of the rally.
McDonald’s, Toyota, San Manuel Indian Bingo, Mercury Insurance and Casino, and Travel Alberta are Presenting Partners of the 2014 Kings Playoff run and the LA Kings Championship Celebration Parade and Rally.
PARKING and PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
There will be numerous public parking lots available to fans along the parade route. Prices will vary. With no major event scheduled, parking will be available in the Los Angeles Convention Center lots. STAPLES Center lots will be open. Exact locations and parking rates can be found at www.staplescenter.com
Fans and media are encouraged to travel downtown via the plethora of public transportation options that serve downtown, STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE. Of particular note are the light rail stations at Pico and Flower serving both the Blue and (new) Expo Lines and the 7th & Figueroa St. Metro Station located mid-way of the parade route. Members of the downtown business community as well as residents can reach the parade route by taking the Dash bus line operated by Metro.
STREET CLOSURES – beginning at 6:00 AM
Besides the Figueroa Street parade route between 5th Street and 11th St./Chick Hearn Ct., the LAPD and DOT will close the following streets in the immediate STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE area:
Figueroa Street between 3rd Street and Pico Blvd.
11th Street/Chick Hearn Court between Figueroa and L.A. LIVE Way
L.A. LIVE Way between Olympic and Pico Blvds
LAPD/DOT will begin closing the immediate area surrounding STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE approximately 6 AM (PDT) on June 16.
LIVE TELEVISION BROADCAST
The LA Kings Broadcast Partner, FOX Sports West, will provide comprehensive live TV and streaming coverage of all festivities including the parade and rally from STAPLES Center beginning at 11AM. And on Thursday, June 19th starting at 2PM, FOX Sports West will air a programming marathon of series clinching games from the 2014 Playoffs.