january 19, 2013 • 05:17 PM
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Kings unveil championship banner as NHL season kicks off
Los Angeles Kings players watch as their Stanley Cup championship banner is raised at the Staples Center before their NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Los Angeles, California, January 19, 2013.
They paraded the Stanley Cup around the ice helping fans forget about the long void, then accepted the championship banner from Kings standouts Marcel Dionne and Rogie Vachon plus the Greene family from Sandy Hook, Connecticut, whose daughter Ana was a victim in the recent school shooting tragedy.
Perhaps even more remarkable is the fact every player from the triumph has returned to try to do it again.
Conn Smythe Trophy winning goalie Jonathan Quick signed a 10-year extension, captain Dustin Brown, top scorer Anze Kopitar also return.
Even coach Darryl Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi were rewarded with multiyear contract extensions on the eve of the opener.
"We get a little celebration," Quick said. "But you don't want to stay on the past for too long."
(Editing by Gene Cherry)
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