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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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Dustin Brown’s Work On The Ice and Off During 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Proves His Worth As LA Kings Captain

2014 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP WRAP-UP: Part 2 of Frozen Royalty’s wrap-up of the Los Angeles Kings winning the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship, and the ensuing celebration.


LA Kings forward and captain Dustin Brown, 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 — As mentioned in Part 1 of this wrap-up of the Los Angeles Kings winning the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship on June 13, followed by their official Stanley Cup parade in Downtown Los Angeles and a rally at Staples Center after that, the Kings were celebrating and expressing their gratitude to those who helped them reach hockey’s highest of heights, especially the fans. But they were also busy sending carefully crafted messages to everyone in the hockey world.

One of the loudest messages, delivered not long after the players hoisted the Stanley Cup, was that winger and captain Dustin Brown had silenced his critics once again.

During the on-ice celebration, Brown hoisted the Stanley Cup for the second time in his National Hockey League career, becoming the first United States-born captain to hoist the Cup more than once.

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LA Kings 2014 Stanley Cup Championship Parade and Rally – In Photos

Confetti flies between Staples Center and L.A. Live at the conclusion of the Los Angeles Kings’
2014 Stanley Cup Championship Parade on June 16, 2014.
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Although the pageantry is nothing compared to the annual Rose Parade each New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California, when the Los Angeles Kings win the Stanley Cup, as they did for the second time in franchise history on June 13, 2014, their celebratory parades are just as special, just in a different way.

An estimated 300,000 fans lined Figueroa Street and Chick Hearn Court in Downtown Los Angeles as Kings players, coaches, staff, and their families rode double-decker buses and one specially equipped semi-trailer truck south on Figueroa Street, starting at 5th Street, before turning west onto Chick Hearn Court, between Staples Center and L.A. Live.

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LA Kings Do More Than Celebrate During 2014 Stanley Cup Parade/Rally

LA Kings head coach Darryl Sutter rides atop a double decker bus during the team’s parade in Downtown Los Angeles celebrating their 2014 Stanley Cup Championship on June 16, 2014.
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

 

LOS ANGELES — A couple of days have passed since the Los Angeles Kings celebrated their 2014 Stanley Cup Championship with their fans during a parade down Figueroa Street in Downtown Los Angeles, turning west onto Chick Hearn Court, between Staples Center and L.A. Live, followed by a rally inside Staples Center.

Now that the initial excitement has died down just a bit, a look back at the rally indicates that it was more than a celebration. To be sure, the Kings celebrated their victory and expressed their gratitude. But they also used the event to send a few messages as well.

After the Hall-of-Fame “Voice of the Kings,” Bob Miller opened the festivities, Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of Los Angeles, got the rally off to a raucous start with a surprising conclusion to his remarks.

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