L.A. Kings Celebrate Stanley Cup with Parade and Rally

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- The L.A. Kings and their fans celebrated the team's Stanley Cup victory in style Thursday afternoon, with a downtown victory parade and a championship rally at Staples Center.

Some 250,000 hockey fans lined Figueroa Street to revel in the first-ever Stanley Cup win in the franchise's 45-year history.

Kings players and their families, along with coaches, broadcasters and beloved mascot Bailey rode down the parade route on double-decker buses.

The celebration ended in a blizzard of silver-and-black confetti in front of Staples Center, where the players showed off the Stanley Cup.

After the parade, about 18,000 lucky fans packed the Staples Center for a special championship rally.

Fans cheered wildly to a soundtrack that included Queen's "We are the Champions" and My Chemical Romance's "Welcome to the Black Parade," which has become the team's unofficial theme song.

The rally included speeches from team officials and players, along with a video recap of the Kings' historic playoff run.

The Kings clinched the Stanley Cup on Monday night with an impressive 6-1 Game 6 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

It was the crowning achievement on a season filled with ups and downs, and the end to a dominant 16-4 tear through the playoffs.

The Kings became hockey's first no. 8 seed to hoist the Stanley Cup, knocking off the top three Western Conference seeds along the way.

The team's president, former Kings left winger Luc Robataille, had high praise for the players.

"The last two months have been amazing," Robataille said before the capacity crowd at the rally. "You have changed this city."

AEG President Tim Leiweke thanked the teams' fans for all their support.

"This was always about you; this was your day," he said. "God bless our fans. You are the Stanley Cup champions!"

"The support has been unbelievable," Kings Captain Dustin Brown said. "You guys have waited a long, long time for this day and I hope you guys are enjoying it as much as we are."

Some of the biggest cheers came for Coach Darryl Sutter, who said he wanted to thank his players "from the bottom of my heart."

"Everybody enjoy it and stay out of trouble," Sutter said to his team.

Jonathan Quick promptly followed up those instructions by dropping three F-bombs.

In perhaps the most memorable of the players' speeches, Quick stepped to the microphone in shorts, sneakers and a blue Dodgers hat.

He paused as the crowd chanted "MVP" for several seconds, then remarked, "How about this ... team?"

Quick, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs' top player, went on to thank the crowd.

"Thank you to every one of you guys from the bottom of my heart," he said. "We love you."

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