There are few moments that are held as sacred in hockey as when a team is presented the Stanley Cup. Players won't touch it until they win it, so it's that first touch that creates such incredible power among all who love the game.
This is the second time Dustin Brown has been handed the Stanley Cup by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in three years, so it was a familiar scene, but no less powerful. Heck, Bettman didn't even get booed this year. The folks of Los Angeles were just too happy after the Kings won 3-2 in double overtime over the New York Rangers. That euphoria never subsided. Heck, they cheered the commish even.
The Kings passed the Cup around, but many of the players that got to lift it first were not on the team last time around. The first player Dustin Brown handed the Cup to was Robyn Regehr, a longtime NHL veteran who had never won the cup. Regehr then handed it to Marian Gaborik, another first-time Cup winner who led the team in goal scoring. It's been a long time coming for them both. The alternate captains got it next, which is slightly out of order, but for a good reason.
It's such a special moment in sports to see the most famous trophy in North American pro sports get taken for a spin around the ice. No matter your rooting interest, there are few things that top the images of a Stanley Cup Celebration.