After months of crisscrossing the globe to spend time with Los Angeles Kings players and staff, the Stanley Cup made its return to Southern California last week.
It started on Tuesday when the Cup visited South Park Studios, where the show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, got to spend some time with the most iconic trophy in sports. The Cup made a similar stop to the South Park offices after the Kings won the franchise's first championship in 2012.
The week continued through Southern California on Thursday when assistant athletic trainer Myles Hirayama brought the Cup to Catalina Island, where it visited a number of local businesses including the scenic Descanso Beach Club. The Cup even made a brief stop by the office of Pat Furey, the mayor of nearby Torrance, Calif.
The following day, senior vice president of hockey operations and legal affairs Jeff Solomon made a couple of special stops with the Cup in San Diego. It started with a trip to the Navy Seal training facility before visiting Rady's Children's Hospital, where young patients lined up to see the trophy. This last stop was especially meaningful for Solomon, whose wife was a nurse at the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit for a number of years and whose son had open-heart surgery there 15 years ago.
After some team functions over the weekend, and Kings chief operating officer Kelly Cheeseman enjoying some downtime with the Cup on Saturday, team president Luc Robitaille closed out the weekend with a special dinner. Dining at Nobu restaurant in Malibu, the longtime face of the franchise enjoyed the company of his wife, Stacia, as well as a special raffle winner.
It was one more special event in which the Stanley Cup got to be the guest of honor.