The Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup trophy spent Tuesday morning in the backyard of team captain Dustin Brown’s Manhattan Beach home, where his young sons blew chocolate milk bubbles in its top.
The boys, Jake and Mason, were videotaped playing with the trophy in Spiderman outfits by Brown’s wife, Nicole.
Mike Altieri, the Kings’ vice president of communications, said Brown was the first player to get possession of the trophy after the team defeated the New Jersey Devils on Monday night at Staples Center.
All of the other Kings players and some staff members will get to have the trophy for a day over the summer, during which they can “more or less” do whatever they want with it, Altieri said.
Brown, who tied for the team lead with eight goals and 12 assists during the Kings’ playoff run, also tweeted a picture of the Stanley Cup early Tuesday morning with the caption “After 45yrs Stanley is finally home!!!” a reference to the over four decades it took for the Kings to win their first championship.
He also appeared with the trophy on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Tuesday.
The Cup is expected to play a prominent role in Thursday’s celebration festivities.
The parade is to start at noon near 5th and Figueroa Streets, proceed south on Figueroa and end between LA Live and Staples Center, the team said.
Players and their families, coaches and others are expected to ride in double-decker buses and other vehicles during the 30- to 45-minute parade.
An hour-long “championship rally” is scheduled to begin at Staples Center at 2:30 p.m., featuring video highlights, presentations and speeches from several players, the team said.