The city of Los Angeles might want to build a road exclusively for the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup parades. For the second time in three years, the team will take to the streets to revel in a title victory.
Alec Martinez's goal in double overtime handed the Kings Lord Stanley's Cup after a 4-1 series win in the Final.
The win brought an end to what was a whirlwind postseason for Los Angeles. The team played 26 games over the four postseason rounds. Seven of those 26 games went to at least overtime.
The Kings players have certainly earned themselves a moment to celebrate.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was among many fans reveling in the team's Game 5 triumph.
"Our Kings of the ice were once considered underdogs," he said, per Ruben Vives and Ryan Parker of the Los Angeles Times. "But with two Stanley Cup wins in three years, they have proved they are Kings of the game."
He also took to Twitter to celebrate the conquering Kings:
Start spreading the news...LA has just won! #gokingsgo— Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti) June 14, 2014
Welcome home, Stanley. We missed you.— Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti) June 14, 2014
With the young players at Los Angeles' disposal, the Kings could have a dynasty in the making. Monday is unlikely to be the last time downtown Los Angeles is draped in black and silver.
When: Monday, June 16, at 12 p.m. PT
Watch: Fox Sports West
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Parade Route Info
The parade will begin at 5th and Figueroa and work its way down to Staples Center. NBC Los Angeles tweeted a picture of the route:
You can count on all of the parade staples being out in full show Monday afternoon. Double-decker buses will work their way down to Figueroa Street for about an hour as thousands of adoring fans line the streets. Captain Dustin Brown will hold the Stanley Cup aloft for all to see, while Justin Williams will hold his recently won Conn Smythe Trophy.
The parade is a chance for those without tickets to the rally to bask in the glory of the Kings' Stanley Cup win. The weather should be perfect for a celebration. According to The Weather Channel, the forecast calls for a high of 73 with a zero percent chance of rain.
Nobody wants Mother Nature to literally rain on this parade.
The Kings' official website has a handy schedule for all of the day's events.
|11:30 a.m.||Staples Center doors open for ticketed fans|
|12 p.m.||Parade begins on Figueroa and 5th|
|12:25 p.m.||Parade turns onto 11th Street|
|12:30 p.m.||Kings Celebration Moment in front of Staples Center|
|1:15 p.m.||Championship rally starts|
|2:30 p.m.||Championship rally ends|
Once the parade is over, the team is holding a victory rally inside Staples Center for season-ticket holders.
Those attending the rally also have special viewing privileges for the parade, per Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com: "Fans with tickets for the rally can show their tickets to enter special viewing areas for the parade along Chick Hearn Court on the south side of the street in Staples Center's Star Plaza or on the north side of the street in L.A. Live's Nokia Plaza. Only those with tickets for the rally can enter these areas."
During the rally, each member of the team and staff will be introduced, with key figures giving speeches to a capacity crowd.
Between the rally and the parade, Monday's celebration will no doubt be fit for a King.