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Stanley Cup arrives at Staples Center for Kings-Sharks game

The star of the show arrived at Staples Center a couple of hours before the Kings-Sharks game.

It had an entourage -- well, two handlers from the Hockey Hall of Fame. People jostled and jockeyed for position on the red carpet. Camera phones got a heavy workout.

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Stanley Cup = rock star.

If there wasn't enough pregame buzz for the Kings season opener and raising of their Stanley Cup banner on Wednesday night, the level of enthusiasm went up several notches on a bright, sunny day here in Los Angeles. The procession of the Cup started at LA Live Plaza and went along the red carpet to the Team LA Store. Carrying the Cup were various Kings season-ticket holders and other individuals.

One of the methods of picking fans to take part included the organization selecting one season-ticket member from each decade to represent the history of the franchise, according to Mike Altieri, the Kings' vice president of communications and broadcasting.

They did this after the Kings first won the Cup in 2012. That particular banner-raising ceremony wasn't held until Jan. 19, 2013, because of the NHL's lockout.

Thankfully, labor peace means that this season will be starting on time. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will be at Staples Center for tonight's events and earlier held a news conference at Staples Center.

Colleague Helene Elliott will have the details from Bettman's news conference.

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