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Monday, June 16, 2014

The L.A. Kings' Victory Parade...

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar hoists up the Stanley Cup trophy as the flatbed truck carrying the 2014 National Hockey League (NHL) champions approaches STAPLES Center during their victory parade...on June 16, 2014.

Earlier today, I drove down to STAPLES Center to attend the parade for the newly-crowned Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. When you include all of the victory celebrations that I've been to in downtown Los Angeles since 2000 (when Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant won their very first title together after the Lakers defeated the Indiana Pacers in that year's NBA Finals), I've been to seven parades at or near STAPLES Center (the 2009 championship was celebrated at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum near USC and the 2010 title was held near USC's own Galen Center—which is only a few miles away from STAPLES Center). 2000-2002 for the Shaq/Kobe-era Lakers, 2009 and 2010 for the Kobe/Pau Gasol-era Lake Show, and 2012 and this year's parade for the Dustin Brown-led Stanley Cup champion. Truly, STAPLES Center is the Arena of Champions (the L.A. Sparks won two WNBA titles last decade)...moreso if the title-less Clippers are ever evicted from this stadium. Just sayin'... That is all.

LINK: Photos I took at the Los Angeles Kings' 2014 championship parade

Crowds gather outside of STAPLES Center in preparation for the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup championship parade...on June 16, 2014.

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar hoists up the Stanley Cup trophy as the flatbed truck carrying the 2014 NHL champions approaches STAPLES Center during their victory parade...on June 16, 2014.

Confetti shoots up into the air...marking the end of the Los Angeles Kings' championship parade at STAPLES Center on June 16, 2014.

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