Fans Invade Downtown L.A. For Kings Stanley Cup Victory Parade
UPDATED: Jarret Stoll, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick were greeted by screaming crowds as nine double-decker buses carry the team departed from Staples Center; Mayor Eric Garcetti told fans, "This is a big f—ing day!"
Over 10,000 fans gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Monday to celebrate the Kings winning the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years.
Some had been waiting since 6 a.m. to greet players including Jarret Stoll — with girlfriend Erin Andrews — Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick as they toured the area around the Staples Center in nine double-decker buses.
The Kings secured the Stanley Cup with a 3-2 double-overtime win over the New York Rangers on Friday after a grueling road to the Final.
After the parade, over 18,600 fans filled the stadium for the official Kings rally, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was one of the first to greet the jubilant crowd, referring to a bet that he had with the mayor of New York.
"I look forward to watching Jimmy Kimmel tonight and hearing my colleague Bill de Blasio sing 'I Love L.A.' You’re all lucky you don’t have to hear me sing!
"They say there are two rules in politics: Never be caught with a drink in your hand and never swear, but this is a big f—ing day!" he said, causing the crowd to erupt in cheers and laughter.
There were about 500 police officers on hand but a spokesperson for the LAPD said they were not expecting any trouble.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick told The Hollywood Reporter before the parade: "I don’t know if it has fully sunk in yet. I think it was just relief. It was so tiring this first round the way it unfolded, so we just wanted to relax afterwards.
"I am not getting on the microphone — they’re not going to let me back on it this year!" he joked, after infamously dropping an F-bomb in 2012 during the parade. "Some people liked it, some didn’t.
"The fans are all excited and it's great to see them," he added.
"I think it sunk in the next day when we were in one of the guy’s houses; sitting around and having that Cup there is pretty remarkable," teammate Mike Richards revealed.
"We hung around in the locker room a long time and then went back down to the beach and drank a lot of beers.
"The Cup has been making its rounds, there were M&Ms, pretty much every kind of drink in there, some food and lots of babies," he laughed.
Coach Darryl Sutter cradled the Stanley Cup for the second time, proudly saying: "See this baby here? She has been gone for a couple of years, but we’re happy she’s home!"
"I am honored and ecstatic to add another ring to my finger, and to help some guys get a first one," said MVP Justin Williams.
Captain Dustin Brown revealed that it took a couple of days to settle down after being caught up in the mayhem, and recalled sitting at home with his kids having a "milk-drinking competition" and watching the highlights of the winning goal by Alec Martinez on TV and hearing all the fans chant, 'We won the Cup!"
The Kings' groundbreaking season, which included three Game 7 victories in the playoff rounds preceding the Finals, helped secure record-breaking revenue for AEG, which owns and operates the Staples Center and L.A. Live.
The AEG Global Partnerships team, who oversee sales and activation for the L.A. Kings, generated a 23 percent increase in sponsorship revenue over the 2012-2013 playoffs from a total of 49 playoff partners, including McDonald's (which is also a regular season presenting partner), TOYOTA, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, Mercury Insurance Company and Travel Alberta. The company's ability to forge partnerships that leverage AEG's assets combined with the Kings' success rate on the ice has allowed both brands to grow.