The raising of the banner marking the Los Angeles Kings' 2012 Stanley Cup victory may have been delayed a few months, but it didn't take anything away from the moment when it finally arrived.
Before the Kings played their long-delayed season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks, they received their championship rings and, as you can see, raised the banner.
The Kings players and fans had to have spent time wondering if this moment would ever arrive. The NHL was stuck on lockout status for 113 days as memories of the Kings' championship were pushed further back.
After all, it was roughly seven months ago that the Kings made a surprising run through the playoffs and beat the New Jersey Devils in six games.
Jonathan Quick, the reigning Conn Smythe winner, was at the center of the memorable run, and he was on the ice to celebrate the triumph and kick off their defense of the title in this abbreviated season.
The players and team staff were individually introduced to start off the ceremony and were presented with their rings. Also, some of the players skated around while showing off the Stanley Cup.
Then, the banner took the spotlight as several players paraded the rolled-up banner around and eventually made their way to waiting staff to hand it off so it could be prepared for its ascent.
As the banner began to rise, so did the chants of "Let's go Kings!" from the excited fans.
It was a nice moment for the Kings and their fans as they celebrated both the triumph from a year ago and finally being able to get the title defense underway.
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