Want To Celebrate a Stanley Cup?
I'm an awful person. I haven't been to Kings practice at all this week save for their STAPLES Center exhibition which made me question my existence. So I'm going to jump into the season headfirst tomorrow morning. Irish coffee anyone?
Of course the Kings got the party started today by handing out contract extensions to head coach Darryl Sutter, general manager Dean Lombardi and vice president of business operations Luc Robitaille on Friday.
"We are ecstatic that we have kept our leadership team in place both on the hockey side with Dean and Darryl and on the business side with Luc and remain in a position to continue competing for the Stanley Cup for many more years," Kings governor Tim Leiweke said in the press release.
The Kings will kick off a fanfest at 9:30 a.m. that has everything we have come to expect from these things: a vendor village, face painting, street hockey, a DJ, and so on and so forth. But one thing will be different. Very very different.
The Stanley Cup will be located on center ice in the outdoor rink at LA Live from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. The Kings will march the Cup from LA Live to the STAPLES Center at 10:30 a.m. in time for the pregame ceremonies at 11:30 a.m.
The Kings will lift their championship banner to the rafters of the arena rather than the wall where all of the other banners are. From two different sources I have heard the ceremony will be either "amazing" or "meh". That's quite the spectrum of expectation.
The Kings will kick off the season against the Chicago Blackhawks with the puck dropping at Noon. Fox Sports West will air a pregame show at 11:30 a.m., the ceremony and game will be aired on NBC and AM 1150 KTLK will have the radio broadcast of both.