As the Kings' summer of Stanley quickly morphs into the NHL's season of labor discontent, now is a good time to look back on the most far-flung travel the Stanley Cup made following the team's diaspora from L.A. in June.
Defenseman Slava Voynov was the first Kings player to take the Cup to his hometown -- a long haul of 6,200 miles to Chelyabinsk, Russia, in July. It was the first time the Cup had ever visited the central Russian city of over a million people, some of whom were kind enough to greet Voynov in Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys (must be Evgeni Malkin territory).
Voynov made sure to take special care of the Cup during it's long journey -- he even buckled a seat belt around hockey's 34 1/2-pound holy grail as it followed a police escort around town.
The 22-year-old then spent some quality time sharing the Cup with friends and family before heading to a local hockey rink to sign autographs for fans eager to see the iconic trophy.
With Voynov and the Kings becoming a well-known quantity in Chelyabinsk, maybe the team should think about playing a game there in the future.