Kings captain Dustin Brown, left, and goalie Jonathan Quick pose with the… (Julie Jacobson / Associated…)
LAS VEGAS — Kings captain Dustin Brown was doing the heavy lifting on the red carpet, doing his very best to keep holding a 34.5-pound object Wednesday.
Travels with Stanley.
Something had to give during the round of interviews and TV hits before the NHL Awards at Wynn Las Vegas alongside his teammate, goalie Jonathan Quick, and team public relations guru Mike Altieri.
"Mike said, 'I've got good news and bad news: On the red carpet, you're not going to have to sign any autographs,' " Brown said. "The bad news is you're going to have to carry the Cup the whole way.' "
Not to worry. Brown didn't suffer any Stanley Cup-related injuries and he was able to put it down here and there.
Quick finished second in voting for the Vezina Trophy to the New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist had 120 votes to Quick's 63. The Vezina is awarded to the league's top goaltender in the regular season and is voted on by general managers.
Other winners included Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins for most valuable player (Hart Trophy) and leading scorer (Art Ross Trophy), Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators for top defenseman (Norris Trophy), Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche for rookie of the year (Calder Trophy), Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins for top defensive forward (Selke Trophy) and Brian Campbell of the Florida Panthers for sportsmanship (Lady Byng).
Campbell became the first defenseman to win that award since 1954. Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues won the Jack Adams Trophy (coach) and joked that he wished Kings Coach Darryl Sutter had stayed in Viking, Canada. The Kings beat the Blues in the second round.
Brown was a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award, which was won by Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes. Quick, who was the playoff MVP, was named to the NHL's Second All-Star team for the first time in his career.
With the glitz-filled awards as the backdrop, the implications of the Kings' Stanley Cup win are starting to sink in.
"It has in the last couple of days because things have kind of settled down a little bit," Brown said. "The first four or five days were the best five days of my life but also the most tiring. It doesn't get old."
Not for the Quick family, either. His 2-year-old daughter, Madison, stole the show at the news conference after the Kings won the Stanley Cup.
They have watched replays together on his iPad.
"She kept saying, 'More, more.' It was funny. She must have sat there for half an hour, kept rewinding it and playing it," Quick said, chuckling.
Quick also has gotten a kick out of studying some of the names on the Cup. Naturally, he first looked at the 1994 Rangers.
"I was a fan and went through that with them when I was a little guy," he said. "From there, you start wandering around and looking at different years. You're with a couple of guys and you're talking, 'This team was stacked.'