Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings holds the Stanley Cup aloft after a… (Bruce Bennett / Getty Images )
L.A.'s gain is Toronto's loss.
The highly vaunted Stanley Cup usually lives in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Ontario's capital city. But what has to be the world's best-traveled trophy hits the road each year to go on tour with members of the National Hockey League champs. On Monday night, the 34.5-pound cup was handed to the L.A. Kings for the first time.
The Stanley Cup has been used as a baptismal font in Sweden, appeared at a strip club in Canada and attended numerous parties and events around the world. The gleaming trophy will appear in the streets of L.A. during a parade for the L.A. Kings set for noon Thursday starting at 5th and Figueroa streets and at a 2:30 p.m. rally at Staples Center.
After that, where to?
No one has told me, but I think the cup should hike up to the Hollywood sign in Griffith Park, go surfing at El Porto in El Segundo and snap a picture with L.A. Kings sports announcer Bob Miller's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the north side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard.
Then maybe it should give the kids a thrill by dropping in on a youth hockey team at the Culver Ice Arena in Culver City. And stop at Pink's Hot Dogs in Hollywood to persuade them to add a L.A. Kings Dog to the menu (there already are ones named for Martha Stewart, Huell Howser and Gustavo Dudamel). After that, maybe just stretch out at Venice Beach and let the fans swarm it.
You can read up on some of the places past hockey players have taken the trophy in these Stanley Cup Journals.
Where do you think it should travel to next?