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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.


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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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.


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

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

 

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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