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Even In A Crowd Of More Than 300,000, LA Kings Fan Greg Akahoshi’s Energy, Enthusiasm and Loyalty Stand Out

2014 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP WRAP-UP: Final installment (Part 7) of Frozen Royalty’s wrap-up of the Los Angeles Kings winning the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship and the ensuing celebration.


LA Kings fan Greg Akahoshi, shown here before the Kings’ 2014 Stanley Cup Championship parade in Downtown Los Angeles on June 16, 2014.
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LOS ANGELES — When you walk the concourses at Staples Center during a Los Angeles Kings game, the diversity of the fan base is on display for all to see. To be sure, fans from all walks of life, and all levels of devotion, occupy Staples Center when the Kings are in town, including those who have been around since the first days of the franchise in 1967, to brand new ones who some derisively refer to as bandwagoners. There are fans present who you’d want to embrace and celebrate (or commiserate) with, and those you might look at funny and avoid.

In short, Kings fans run the gamut of just about every descriptive trait that you can think of. That was also apparent, and on a much larger scale, during the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship parade in Downtown Los Angeles on June 16, 2014, celebrating the Kings winning their second Stanley Cup in the last three seasons on June 13, at Staples Center.

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Couple Travels 5,300 Miles To Witness and Celebrate LA Kings’ 2014 Stanley Cup Championship

2014 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP WRAP-UP: Part 5 of Frozen Royalty’s wrap-up of the Los Angeles Kings winning the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship and the ensuing celebration.


LA Kings fans Ida Holth (left) and husband Per-Christian Holth (right) during the Los Angeles Kings’ 2014 Stanley Cup Championship parade in
Downtown Los Angeles on June 16, 2014.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings’ journey to the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship was a long, grueling trek that took 82 regular season contests, 26 playoff games and thousands upon thousands of miles traveled by air, especially during the regular season.

Although their journey was not as long, either in the time it took or the total distance traveled, Per-Christian and Ida Holth are among those who traveled the greatest distance (they may be the ones who came from the most distant location) to see the Kings win the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship on June 13 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and then celebrate the victory at the parade in Downtown Los Angeles on June 16.

The Holth’s traveled from Oslo, Norway, approximately 5,300 miles (eleven hours in the air on a direct flight), to be a part of history.

“We arrived on Thursday, and we had tickets for Game 5, so we arrived just in time,” said Per-Christian, 32. “We’re only staying for one week. We were so lucky.”

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Fans Appreciate LA Kings Winning The Stanley Cup More The Second Time Around

2014 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP WRAP-UP: Part 4 of Frozen Royalty’s wrap-up of the Los Angeles Kings winning the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship and the ensuing celebration.


Mike Bouffard (left) and his daughters—all LA Kings fans—during the team’ 2014 Stanley Cup Championship parade in Downtown
Los Angeles on June 16, 2014.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Looking back to the Los Angeles Kings’ 2014 Stanley Cup Championship parade in Downtown Los Angeles, as it was in 2012, fans came from miles and miles around, even though the majority were from the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

As yours truly walked Figueroa Street and Chick Hearn Court (between Staples Center and L.A. Live) prior to the start of the parade, I spoke with some of the more than 300,000 fans in attendance. Some had made the trip from surrounding counties, including Orange, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, San Bernadino, Riverside, Kern, Imperial and San Diego counties. One family came from as far as New Mexico.

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Like His Players, LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi Deflects Credit For 2014 Stanley Cup Championship

2014 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP WRAP-UP: Part 3 of Frozen Royalty’s wrap-up of the Los Angeles Kings winning the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship and the ensuing celebration


LA Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, shown here addressing the crowd at Staples Center in Los Angeles during the team’s 2014
Stanley Cup Championship Rally.
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — During the on-ice celebration after the Los Angeles Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship on June 13 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and during their celebratory rally on June 16, also at Staples Center, different members of the organization expressed their gratitude and appreciation for each other and for their fans. But they all had carefully crafted messages for the hockey world.

For President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, the message was that the Kings have climbed to the top of the mountain named “National Hockey League,” and that their unity and resolve would keep them on top, or very close to it, for the foreseeable future.

As reported in this space on June 11, Lombardi stressed the importance of building a team with strong character and leadership traits, right from the start of his tenure with the Kings in April 2006.

That part of his master plan has now paid off in a big, big way.

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