Filipino hockey fans celebrate Kings’ Stanley Cup victory

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

June 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Filipino hockey fans got a whiff of the sweet smell of victory as the Los Angeles Kings celebrated their second world championship in three years with a Monday afternoon parade.

At over 120 years old, the Stanley Cup is one of the sports world’s most prized trophies, given to the National Hockey League champions.

The Kings beat the New York Rangers four games to one in the finals after the team pulled out a series of thrilling wins during their playoff run which many Filipino fans like Brandon Adagas followed.

“I can’t believe they even made it past Chicago. I thought they were going to lose that game seven against Chicago but they went far,” he said.

Families stood along downtown Los Angeles for as many as four hours to catch a glimpse of the Cup hoisted by their favorite Kings stars on top of a mile long motorcade.

“Very exciting. Twice I saw it in my life. Thirty years Kings fan,” said Remy Coates, originally from Marikina.

“I was never really into hockey in the first place until I saw Jonathan Quick as the Olympic goalie and I just started following it,” said Fil-Am fan Jared Adagas.

The Stanley Cup is a welcomed sight after recent LA sports disappointments.

In basketball, the Lakers had one of their worst seasons in history. The Clippers were embroiled in a racism scandal as the city has continued failing to bring in a professional football team.

“Yeah it does. We get to have a parade and a winning team this year,” said young fan Anaya Richardon.

The NHL champions capped off the victory party inside the Staples Center with a fan rally where Mayor Eric Garcetti shocked many by using an expletive word to describe the festivities, as he held on to a beer.

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