After emcee Bob Miller got huge cheers for introducing the team, front office personnel, and coaches to a raucous sold-out
Before he finished, Garcetti told the crowd, "They say there are two rules in politics. Never get pictured with a drink in your hand, and never swear."
As he pulled out a bottle of beer, Garcetti smiled and said, "Well, this is a big [expletive] day."
The crowd erupted into one of its biggest cheers of the afternoon, and Garcetti was back in its good graces. On Monday, at least, the road to popularity in Los Angeles ran through the Kings.
“This is slowly starting to become a hockey town,” captain
During the parade, players wore jerseys signed by all of their teammates on top of double-decker buses and a semi truck. The
After the parade, the players went into Staples Center for the rally, which got rowdy fast. It opened with a video featuring Kings players on the ice at a young age, with Aerosmith’s “Dream On” playing in the background. It showed a clip dated to 1993 of defenseman
The video and introductions of players all got a very loud response from the crowd, but the biggest cheer of all might have been for Coach
Also speaking was Luc Robitaille, the president of business operations and Kings legend, who criticized pundits who thought that the team's 2012 championship was a flash in the pan. He assured the crowd by saying, "To all you hockey experts, we've got more to come. Have a good summer, and we will see you here next year."
One of the last speeches was from President and General Manager
While that got a good reaction, the biggest cheer of the night, though, came at the end of Lombardi’s speech. He brought Dustin Brown and