The Stanley Cup, newly engraved with the names of Kings players, executives and staffers, will be making a few appearances in Southern California this week before continuing its travels and, eventually, finding its way back to the region.
On Tuesday the Cup will visit six local rinks, where fans who have won special raffles will have their pictures taken with the trophy. Proceeds from those raffles will go to help youth hockey programs at the Ontario Ice Skating Center, L.A. Kings Icetown in Riverside, KHS Ice Arena in Anaheim, Aliso Viejo Ice Palace, Glacial Gardens in Lakewood and Ice Chalet Palos Verdes. The Kings’ first rink tour, last month, raised more than $11,000 for the benefit of youth hockey programs.
The Cup is then scheduled to appear at a season-ticket holders’ event at the Home Depot Center on Wednesday before heading to Europe. It will be displayed at games involving Eisbaren Berlin and the Hamburg Freezers, teams that are owned by AEG, the Kings’ parent company. It will also make a visit to Finland so Kings scout Christian Ruuttu can enjoy his day with it.
The Cup is due back in Los Angeles on Oct. 9 and, at the moment, is still scheduled to appear at the Kings’ opener at Staples Center on Oct. 12. But with the lockout continuing and no hope of imminent resolution, the NHL is expected to cancel games this week, thereby postponing the Kings’ banner-raising ceremony.