Found January 21, 2013 on The Royal Half:
After a 100 day delay that was caused by a NHL Lockout... the time had come for the Los Angeles Kings to finally take their place among the elite of NHL Franchises with the celebration of its first Stanley Cup Victory. And Hollywood put out all the stops... partying the only way it knows how.... WITH A GIANT TEAM NAME CUSTOM TOPIARY!!! Woooo-hoooooo!!! BLACKHAWKS 5, KINGS 2, WHO CARES, WILL YOU LOOK AT THAT F'ING BANNER!!!   I think I'm going to have this photo embedded on the windshield of my car so I can stare at it constantly. Click Here to Read the Rest of The Royal Half Recap!!! It was the Los Angeles Kings 1st Ever Stanley Cup Banner raising ceremony at Staples Center this past Saturday... and everyone was dressed to the nines! Or the 12s. Or the... 32s? This guy came dressed as The Ghost of LA Kings Past. The best part of being at the Stanley Cup Banner raising ceremony is that you get to see all the long-time LA Kings fans celebrating together after years of suffering. Combined, these two guys have seen nearly 26 games. Just kidding, these guys are awesome Kings fans. The guy on the left even has a Stanley Cup Tattoo. I don't know about you guys... but I'd party with this Kings fan any day of the week. This guy came dressed as a #HUMBLEBRAG. Outside the arena, the atmosphere was festive. And it was really hard concentrating on all the events the LA Kings had organized for this day because it was 80 degrees out. Suck it, Calgary! In true Hollywood fashion, I hope they make this into a trilogy. The Stanley Cup, engraved with the 2011-2012 LA Kings (EDITORS NOTE: offer not valid for Andrei Loktionov), was on display in the middle of LA Live and was to be marched into Staples Center carried by long-time LA Kings fans.  It was so great to be close to the Cup again.  And by close... I mean several hundred feet away behind some barriers and thousands of fans. And this is what the Stanley Cup looked like from the many vaginas that saw it over the summer. Many, those Stanley Cup Keeper guys get all the chicks! No better way to celebrate your long-time fandom than with a temporary tattoo. Call Me, Savey. Or as @twinsnwhims said after the game... "Call Me, Sieve-y." This game was so important, the NHL made sure focus-group aficionado, Frank Luntz, was on hand to find a way to ruin it immediately afterwards. Tyler Toffoli even got some work in before the game. The LA Kings also featured some relics from hockey history outside Staples Center... Newspapers! Finally it was time for the building to open... and the LA Kings decided to use the greatest battering ram ever... the Stanley Cup. It was lifted from its ancient resting place of the Nokia Plaza and passed down one by one from a long-time Kings fan to another, until it reached the front doors of Staples Center. And the biggest question from last season was finally answered... Who in the heck owns a Blackhawks Jim Vandermeer jersey? The LA Kings also took this opportunity to unveil the latest addition to Los Angeles Mass Transit. The Dwight King Bandwagon Bus! I headed inside Staples Center and couldn't wait to get my hands on all the new LA Kings Stanley Cup Champion Merchandise™! An ornament made out of plexiglass from Game 6? I wish it was Christmas today! I'm just glad the LA Kings Marketing Department aren't afraid to go after the niche Stanley Cup Champion Fans/8-Bit Gamers market. Hello darkness, my old friend. As everyone knows by now, the biggest change the LA Kings have made this season is moving their banners and retired numbers off the wall of Staples Center and to where they truly belong... Directly above my seat. There has been a lot of talk about how the LA Kings have made all their banners uniform in terms of font. But I think it's a great move by the Kings organization. They are thinking long-term here. Really, really long term. From LA Kings Inside-er??? In addition to the unveiling of their championship banner, the Kings revealed new standards displaying the retired numbers of Rogie Vachon (30), Marcel Dionne (16), Wayne Gretzky (99), and Luc Robitaille (20). Like the Stanley Cup banner, the retired banners now hang from the rafters. The numbers are larger than the old ones and billow in the breeze, conjuring something you might see an old-time hockey arena like Boston Garden. The Kings chose a sans-serif Chicago Bears-type font for the numbers. Really excited about the eventual Dustin Penner jersey retirement. As my Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy said... good thing the LA Kings didn't win anything during the Purple and Gold or the Purple and Black eras. That way the Championship Banners can just be Black and Silver. I'm just glad the LA Kings didn't retire a jersey from anyone who played during the 96-97 Season. Enough of the pomp and/or the circumstance... let's raise that *****! This is a family-friendly site so I can't share with you the images of what Jarret Stoll did this summer with the Cup. Never before have so many guys come home from the hockey game and asked their wives if they wanted to go to Tiffany's. After 20+ years of my life suffering as a Los Angeles Kings fan... I finally got to see a Stanley Cup Championship banner raised... In amazing 2-D!!! I've never seen anything like it. Mainly because I couldn't see it all game. Now that's more like it. Forget about the banner, forget about the rings, forget about the lackluster performance in a 5-2 loss on home ice... what everyone should be talking about is the new way the LA Kings Starting Lineup is graphically represented on the Jumbotron: Amazing. I went to a hockey game and all I got was this banner celebrating the Stanley Cup win of my favorite team.  Now that the LA Kings Banner Ceremony has come and gone, it's time for everyone in Los Angeles to focus on what really matters right now. Lady Gaga at Staples Center? Nope...   Ménage a trois?… — Dustin Penner (@Dustinpenner25) January 20, 2013   Hooking up after the game.

Kings activate Kopitar, send Stewart to minors

The Los Angeles Kings have activated center Anze Kopitar from the non-roster list after their longtime leading scorer missed the season opener with a knee injury. The defending Stanley Cup champions also assigned newly acquired forward Anthony Stewart to their AHL affiliate in Manchester on Tuesday. Kopitar injured his knee shortly before the lockout ended in a collision while...

Mixed injury news clouds Kings fortunes

LOS ANGELES Anze Kopitar dressed with his teammates at Staples Center on Saturday, but his involvement in the Kings 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks was limited to the pre-game Stanley Cup pageantry and banner raising. Despite the pre-game celebration, it was not the best moment in my life, according to the star center. I saw the guys getting pumped up for the game in the locker...

Los Angeles defenseman Matt Greene expected to miss remainder of season

The road to a repeat just became much more difficult for the Los Angeles Kings.Defenseman Matt Greene suffered a serious back injury during the Kings’ 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night. He has been placed on injured reserve, and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.Greene was entering his fifth season with Los Angeles. The 29-year-old has 11 goals and...

Kopitar ready to return?

Multiple outlets are suggesting Anze Kopitar could return from his knee injury as soon as tonight when the Los Angeles Kings visit Colorado. If that proves to be the case, the prolific forward will have missed just one game as a result of the ailment. Even if he can't quite go on Tuesday, this can be taken as a great sign that's he's very close to making his season debut...

Los Angeles Kings suffer Cup ceremony hangover

The defending Stanley Cup champions faced quite a clean-up challenge after their season-opening loss.After the joyous celebration of their banner raising, the Kings staggered to a 5-2 loss to the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.Here are just some of the issues facing this team one game into the 48-game sprint: With top center Anze Kopitar sidelined with a knee injury, LA had no power...

Kings concede three late goals, lose to Avs

DENVER (AP) -- Gabriel Landeskog and David Jones scored 1:35 apart in the final period to help Colorado rally for a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night in the Avalanche's home opener. P.A. Parenteau also added his first goal in an Avalanche sweater midway through the third period to help the team bounce back from a season opening loss in Minnesota. Kyle Clifford...

Kings-Avalanche Preview

If the Los Angeles Kings are to bounce back from a rough opener, the reigning Stanley Cup champions must play better against the Colorado Avalanche than they did last season. The visiting Kings look to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat to the Avalanche on Tuesday night. Aside from the raising of the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship banner, Los Angeles had little to...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.