Party Goes Into the Night At the Players’ Hometown Bar After Kings Win The Stanley Cup
The hometown bar of the players was the place to be in Los Angeles as local sports history was made on an overcast Monday night on June 11, 2012. Fans – true hockey fans and and several people who just wanted to savor the celebration – were out partying as the LA Kings won the Stanley Cup for the first time in the franchise’s history.
The North End in Hermosa Beach, where many of the players hang out during the season and where the Stanley Cup trophy is sure to make an appearance sometime in the next 100 days, was filled to capacity from the first puck to well beyond the conclusion of the 6-1 rout of the New Jersey Devils in Game 6.
Somewhat surprisingly, event though the bar was full, there was no line during the game. That changed, though, as party people from throughout the South Bay’s Beach Cities – sensing an epic celebration – flocked to the little neighborhood pub. For those inside – and that included PubClub.com – the final seconds had barely ticked off the clock when the bartenders began handing out the Shoot the Root drinks to their customers.
Someone pulled out a replica plastic Stanley Cup trophy and paraded it around the bar, and the party lasted until closing time. Many waited to see if the Kings themselves would show up, and six players did, but after the bar shut its doors at 2 in the morning.
But the players will be back, and so will the trophy. It is tradition that each member of the team gets possession of the Stanley Cup for a night and it’s been many places in its long history. There is little doubt it will have its time sitting on the bar at the North End; time it right and you maybe even be able to take a drink out of it.