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Kings' Stanley Cup Saturday highlighted by banner raising

January 19, 2013|By Lisa Dillman
  • The Kings and their fans watch the Stanley Cup banner get hoisted to the rafters before their season-opening game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday at Staples Center.
The Kings and their fans watch the Stanley Cup banner get hoisted to the rafters… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

Seconding the Stanley Cup emotion ...

Harnessed for more than seven months, Kings fans were able to unleash those feelings Saturday with the raising of the Stanley Cup banner at Staples Center.

Hall of Fame announcer Bob Miller was the master of ceremonies and started off the proceedings with the line: “Welcome to Championship Saturday … the day you’ve been waiting for.”

The banner was raised at 12:22 p.m., slowly going up into the rafters with the Kings players on the ice tipping their heads back to watch the slow progression. 

Involved in the proceedings were former Kings Rogie Vachon and Marcel Dionne, as well as three members of the Greene family from Newtown, Conn., honoring the memory of their daughter Ana Marquez-Greene.

Six-year-old Ana was among the victims of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Her older brother, Isaiah, an 8-year-old youth hockey player, was on hand for the banner raising with his parents.

The Kings players also received their shiny Stanley Cup rings from Nancy Anschutz, the wife of team owner Phil Anschutz of AEG. Receiving the loudest rounds of applause were goaltender Jonathan Quick and Coach Darryl Sutter, who was rewarded with a contract extension earlier this week.

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